Dedication of the InVents learning community in Lee Hall.

Treads for a future project were made in the InVents studio in Lee Hall

Galileo, located in Lee Hall, brings together male first-year and upper class engineering students in a residential environment to provide encouragement and support in pursuing a career in engineering. The program is for first-year and first-time College of Engineering students with an interest in exploring engineering, making lasting friendships, and achieving academic success. Upper class leaders live in the community to provide mentoring and community support. Galileo students live on the 6th and 7th floors. They also share a coed floor with Hypatia on the 5th floor.

The Galileo program is a full academic year commitment. You can choose to apply to remain in the community as leader in your sophomore through senior years but it is not required.

Participants are required to enroll in a fall-semester seminar course that meets once a week. The class is designed to help you transition well from high school to college and prepare you for the transition to your engineering career. We have a 10 percent higher retention rate and graduation rate for our program participants than engineering students not living in our community!


You will have an upper class mentor who lives right down the hall. You will meet with your mentor once a week for the first 10 weeks of the fall semester.

Upper class leaders in the community form committees to host social, professional development, service learning and academic support events for you. You can see a sample of those events on our community calendar.

This program is part of a living learning program called inVenTs, which includes two engineering communities and two science communities. As part of the inVenTs community you have access to a design studio with 3-D printers, laser cutter, drill press and more.

Galileo is sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity.

Who Was Galileo?

Born in Pisa, Italy in 1564, Galileo was a great scientist, philosopher, and inventor. Galileo is widely regarded as the pioneer of the scientific method. His work developed the foundational ideas for Newton's laws. In referring to his dependence on Galileo's work, Newton wrote, "If I have seen further it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."

Galileo's work consistently emphasized mathematical investigation. His way of thinking inspires us as engineers. Galileo was chosen to represent the community because he is a symbol of ingenuity, confidence, and hard work. He excelled in many different areas outside of science including music and art. He embodies personal, professional, and academic success.

For more information about Galileo Engineering Learning Community, contact Susan Arnold Christian, assistant director, Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity, at

Galileo Mark