Dates to Remember

December 2017
Application Process Begins
Click here to download announcement.
February 2018
Application Materials Due
Application materials are due to your Department Chair.
March 2018
Finalist Candidate Selections
Finalist selections are made, successful candidates are notified.
April 2018
Formal Reception Held
Finalist candidates join Laird Selection Committee and participants for a formal reception in Wilmington.
April 2018
Candidate Interviews
Finalist candidate interviews take place at UD.
April 2018
New Laird Fellow Announced
The new Laird Fellow will be announced once a decision has been made.
May 2018
Laird Fellowship Award Presentation
The award will be presented at a College of Engineering event.

iconDiverse & Interesting Engineers

It is a pleasure to congratulate the Laird Fellows on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the program. The nature and purpose of the Laird Fellowship is unusual and is perhaps unique to Delaware. The selection process sets aside the traditional measures of academic excellence, and instead provides a generous fellowship to allow a student with abilities possibly outside the academic mainstream a chance to explore and grow.

It is perhaps not surprising that the human qualities that enable a winner of this Fellowship are also the harbinger of a successful career, and indeed the individual stories here provide views of diverse and interesting engineers.

While this book is about the Fellowship and those who have earned it, it is important to realize and appreciate its source. While its roots draw from the tragedy of an accidental end of a young life full of energy and promise, it represents the hope of his family and friends for the future. They provided for George Laird a living memorial that will continue to reach and affect generations of students. That memorial and the philanthropic spirit it represents are greatly appreciated by all in the College of Engineering.

Eric W. Kaler
Eric W. Kaler
Former Dean, College of Engineering
University of Delaware