After ten years of operation, the Leadership Development Program has demonstrated huge success for both students and the sponsoring corporation.

“The students are introduced to industry leaders, exposed to industry events, and have to demonstrate leadership and resourcefulness while being engaged in teamwork” – Dick Bladow, CEO of Advanced Technology Services (ATS).


Advanced Technology Services has improved productivity and profitability for the world’s most sophisticated companies through a portfolio of factory maintenance services and innovative IT solutions. We focus on the specific needs of each customer and provide a solution that delivers maximum results in the front office and on the factory floor.


Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.


Magna is a leading global automotive supplier with 327 manufacturing operations and 100 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. They have over 161,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.


Nucor Corporation is an American producer of steel and related products. It currently ranks as the largest steel producer in the United States of America and is the largest “mini-mill” steelmaker.


Spartan Light Metal are a Family Owned Aluminum and Magnesium Die Cast Manufacturing company with expertise in Machining & Assembly as well as Design & Analysis. The scope of their experience includes design, engineering assistance, and strict quality and process control for complex products.


Conseco brings years of experience and innovation to your construction or renovation project. They provide general contracting, project management and consulting services to business developers and owners. Their goal is to maximize your capital investment through superior design and complete your project on time and in budget.


NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. NSF is tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in a wide range of scientific areas. In addition, the agency also supports “high risk, high pay off” ideas, and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but which the public will take for granted tomorrow.


“The technical leadership program in manufacturing is integral to ATS’ future growth and development of our leaders. The program has met and exceeded our expectations and initial goals. We are fortunate to have such a unique program to feed our future pipeline and are able to hire based on results versus just their interview.”

Jeff Owens
President, Advanced Technology Services

“From SIUC’s point of view, the Leadership Development Program is intended to attract leadership students into our college. From a corporation’s point of view, it is a program that builds leadership for the next generation of manufacturing companies in the United States. It’s a win for us because we attract more students. It’s a win for business because they are going to attract quality people into their internship program, which they will then have the opportunity to recruit.”

William Osborne
Retired Dean of Engineering, SIUC


  • Participate in LDP recruitment – you get to help decide wich applicants are accepted into the program
  • Coordinate paid summer internships at your organization
  • Help plan and host events to foster relationships with the students
  • Expose students to executive-level meetings and other leadership aspects of your operation
  • Provide a senior-level champion at your company to mentor students



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