Testimonials

About Overall Hart Center Impact:

“The Hart Center’s work to include leadership development in engineering coursework at the Lyle School through the Hart Leadership Assessment and KNW 2300 gave me the chance to study creativity in leadership. I continued this interest and went on to study my curiosity in a master’s program for engineering education at the Lyle School.”

~SMU-Lyle Graduate Student, Engineering Education

“After working at the Hart Center as a student worker for two years, I left with an understanding that the people working there, both students and faculty, are extremely passionate and have a genuine interest in helping every student in the Lyle School. The Hart Center offers incredible resources beyond just the career fair, which everyone should at the least look into. I was able to meet many students and business professionals through the leadership programs, which ultimately lead to several internships and a job. The Hart Center is an amazing place with amazing people waiting to help YOU. Stop by, say hi, and take advantage of it.”

~SMU-Lyle Graduate Student


About Introduction to Design, KNW 2300:

“At the beginning of the year I took an evaluation and from that evaluation, I increased my attentiveness to others when problems arise, rather than trying to solve problems as I see them.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“I liked that it put so much emphasis on leadership and interpersonal relationships because I feel like that takes more time to grow and learn than technical skills. It's good we were exposed to it so early in our career.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

"I liked the fact that I was able to work with people from other disciplines — it really gave me insight into how other people would approach problems. Also, it made it easier to find friends. The teaching staff were really helpful and friendly, so that made it easier to ask them for help."

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“The professors and TAs were all awesome. I really appreciated being able to ask questions (even dumb ones) and get good feedback.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“It made me realize, to a higher degree, my ability and urge to lead.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“This course had two impacts on me. First it got me to learn that I do have some leadership ability. Throughout the term I was employing leadership skills I didn't think I had. Second, it got me to appreciate computer science. Computer science is really challenging, as I learned, but it is also rewarding in the end."

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

"I learned that there's a lot more to engineering than just building things and being innovative. There's a lot of communication and people interaction involved that many people on the outside don't see. This course demonstrated to me the importance of these interpersonal skills."

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“I feel much more prepared to be a leader in the engineering world. I have a better understanding now of the nature of the tasks that engineers are assigned in their career, and I am assured that I am pursuing a career that I enjoy.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“Most of all, this course convinced me to continue in engineering. Even though sometimes I wanted to cry (and might have), I want to keep doing this in the future because I loved and had fun with my team and what we were doing.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“It limited my sleep, taught me about self-reliance, and convinced me to take charge in situations of unclear direction.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

"I felt very empowered and confident."

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“This course taught me the importance of not only independent leadership, but also the significance (of) team work. It gave me the experience of working very closely with other individuals who I was not familiar with before, how to sort through team dynamic issues, and how to be a good team in general.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“I really liked that there was a mix of all different kinds of engineers on every team. It encouraged me to learn more about different facets of engineering and taught me how to work effectively with different types of people.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“I loved that the groups are randomly assigned on the first day of class, and when you are asked to reflect on the progress your team has made throughout the term, it's amazing to realize how well you have gotten to know these people. This class offers opportunities to build great relationships with other students and the faculty, but in a different context than we are used to.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“I think the hands-on nature of the course was what I enjoyed most. There is a huge difference between learning in a classroom and making something by yourself.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“I thought the retrospectives were key in building our teams. I could sense our team dynamic improving every time we came out of a retrospective, even when we did not perform well in a sprint.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student

“Learning to scrum and openly discuss problems in KNW 2300”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student


About Engineering Connections Career Fair:

“The Hart Center works diligently to provide engineering students with professional opportunities through its career fair, Engineering Connections. My first internship was thanks to their support and personal introduction to a recruiter while attending Engineering Connections.”

~SMU-Lyle Student


About Leadership Development:

“The Hart Center has pushed me as a leader to understand the fundamentals of leadership, then apply them. While working with the director to put together an event, I learned the history of the student organization I was leading. This really helped me to piece together a plan and goals for the coming school year.”  

~SMU-Lyle Student President of Society of Women Engineers (SWE)


About Student Organization Support:

“The Hart Center brings together student leaders in Lyle to share best practices and learn from each other. It has benefited me to learn what other organizations are doing on campus and has given us an opportunity to collaborate on events.” 

~SMU-Lyle Student President of Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

“I have become Secretary of SWE this month and I am a junior delegate for Tri Delta Sorority.  Also, I took KNW 2300 first term and I believe that helped me grow in many ways.”

~SMU-Lyle Student


About Co-ops & Internships:

“The Hart Center is the best place on campus to prepare students for a successful internship in the Engineering Industry. The Hart Center has provided me resources and current information for interview preparations, industry trends, proper communication techniques, and more to have a successful co-op.” 

~SMU-Lyle Student President of Society of Women Engineers (SWE)


About Community Engagement Projects/Lyle in the City:

“Lyle in the City is a great way to transition what you learned in class to a tangible project. You don't learn to be an engineer in this program, you are the engineer. But the even bigger reward is that you are an engineer helping people.“

~SMU-Lyle Student

“Lyle in the City was one of the most fulfilling experience that I ever had at SMU.  It challenged me to grow as a leader in order to solve out-of-the-box problems, such as "food deserts" in low-income communities. The most challenging, but most rewarding, part of my experience was leading the Healthy Lifestyle and Education sub-project. I collaborated with HCEL and St. Philip's School and Community Center to host information sessions, luncheons, and cooking classes to address the importance of healthy eating and how using St. Philip's newly-built aquaponics system helps alleviate part of South Dallas's "food desert" problem.”

~SMU-Lyle Student

“I loved working with Lyle in the City and everyone should go join right now! This is a unique program that allows you to use your engineering skills from school in the real world, develop project management skills, and better the community you're calling home for four years of your life. I worked with amazing people and had a great experience being involved with Lyle in the City. Interviewers always ask about the South Dallas Food Oasis project and I could spend hours telling them everything I learned and the skills I developed. I wish I was in school forever so I could keep working with Lyle in the City on the South Dallas Food Oasis Project.”  

~SMU-Lyle Student

“Lyle in the City gave me a better understanding of what engineering actually is. I thought engineering was all about designing and building, but there is a lot more planning and coordinating involved. I was originally motivated to join the Lyle in the City project because I wanted to use my engineering skills to help people. After the project wrapped up, I felt accomplished that I had made a difference in someone's life. Someone who wouldn't otherwise have the chance to eat fresh food because of me. One major challenge I faced was the task of designing an aquaponics system from scratch right after learning what aquaponics was. I was amazed that they wanted a freshman to design this complex system, but I stepped up to the task and gave it my best. I think Lyle in the City has been one of my most influential college experiences so far.”

~SMU-Lyle Student

“Participating with Lyle in the City had a positive impact on my studies since I was able to reach out to my professors outside of the classroom for advice on how to enhance my work as the Water Quality team lead for the South Dallas Food Oasis Project. As an Environmental Engineering student, I felt that developing the aquaponics system fit right in with material I was already learning in class or lab. I am a visual learner so I'm very excited to get back on site and continuing to learn how the system operates and what I can suggest to help it operate more efficiently!”

~SMU-Lyle Student


About Mentor Program:

“The Mentor Program is a great opportunity for upperclassmen to make connections in Dallas. My mentor has continued our mentorship past the school year and has been a great resource to have when making decisions.”

 ~SMU-Lyle Student President of Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

“Through the Hart Center's Mentor Program, I gained key insights into the nature of the field I'm headed into, all the while developing a professional relationship that will continue beyond my time at SMU. My Hart mentor helped me add both an industry and personal context to the skills I was developing through my academic and extracurricular work.” 

~SMU-Lyle Student Senator


About Student Coaching:

“Thank you for the kind words. You hit the nail on the head, a leader can always improve his skills. I look forward to working with you and the whole Hart Center to better myself as a skilled SMU engineer.”

~SMU-Lyle KNW 2300 Student


About Teamwork:

“I’ve learned more about leadership as a part of a team.”

~SMU-Lyle Student

“My organizational skills have increased and I have found effective ways to coordinate people to complete tasks. My ability to communicate my own ideas has also increased.”

~SMU-Lyle Student

“I’m learning how to step up without stepping on people. I’m also finding what is important to me, and realizing my values won’t always match others. It’s hard to be different, but I suppose it’s important.”

~SMU-Lyle Student

About The Hart Center's Impact:

“The Hart Center for Engineering Leadership provides invaluable resources and experiences for students in the Lyle School. I’ve had the good fortune to work closely with the Hart Center directors over the past several years and am so thankful that our students have access to such dedicated levels of expertise in leadership and career development. They are always open to joining forces to bring leadership development into some of the courses I teach, and they are both willing thought partners when thinking of new ways to engage students on multiple fronts.”

~Mark Fontenot, SMU-Lyle Faculty Leadership Fellow


About Introduction to Design, (KNW 2300):

“The Hart Center for Leadership has played a key role in the establishment and ongoing improvement of the Lyle School’s First Year Design (FYD) Program. As the director of FYD for the school, I have worked closely with the Hart Center. They have been invaluable in the process of original program and curriculum development; further, they continue to add value to the program through sustained efforts in the term by term offering of the course. They currently work with every student (approximately 230 per year) during this team-based project-oriented class to improve individual teaming and leadership skills. The involvement of the Hart Center is one of the unique pieces of FYD that sets it apart from other similar programs; both I, and the students, feel it’s association is crucial to the program.”

~Andrew Quicksall, First Year Design Director, SMU-Lyle


About Civil & Environmental Senior Design (CEE 4380):

“The Hart Center provides valuable guidance to the senior Civil and Environmental Engineering students preparing them to enter the workforce and advance their careers.”

~Dr. Patricia Taylor, Civil Engineering professor, SMU-Lyle


About She Networks, She Wins:

“She Networks, She Wins fosters business relationships and provides valuable resources for women engineering students.”

~Dr. Patricia Taylor, Civil Engineering professor, SMU-Lyle


About Mentor Program:

The Mentor Program sponsored by the Hart Center develops business relationships with engineering professionals, enhancing the student's network and gaining real-world experiences.”

~Dr. Patricia Taylor, Civil Engineering professor, SMU-Lyle

CP&Y

About recruiting from Lyle Engineering:

“We have been hiring Lyle Engineering students, full-time and as interns, to work at CP&Y for many years. We like recruiting Lyle Engineering students because they are well qualified in their chosen career field.”

~CP&Y Executive

CP&Y

“At AT&T, we connect the world with technology, and to do that we rely on many, many smart people, including lots of great engineers. Our partnership with Lyle Engineering at SMU offers us excellent faculty support and exposure to some of the best educated students in a variety of engineering studies.”

~AT&T Executive


About Hiring SMU-Lyle Engineering students:

“All of the students are highly motivated to learn and grow as professionals in their careers.”

~CP&Y Executive

“As one of the top research schools in the country, we find Lyle turns out engineering students with a well-rounded education and a passion for exploring the limits of technology. That passion helps drive our innovation.”

~AT&T Executive


About Engineering Connections Career Fair:

“The Hart Center prepares the students very well for career fair days. They assist the students with resume writing and mock interviews to help the students understand the importance of the interviewing process. This allows the companies more time to interact with the student on what the student is seeking and how the company can give them the consulting experience to grow their career.”

~CP&Y Executive

“At SMU, we have the opportunity to engage and encourage students in ways that bring them closer to their future goals. Whether it’s support for exclusive AT&T events or partnerships on hack-a-thons and other interdisciplinary events, SMU and our faculty partners make it easy to connect directly to students and showcase amazing careers in everything from leadership and technology to business sales. It’s a win-win situation for students, SMU and AT&T.”

~AT&T Executive


About Working with the Hart Center:

“We have always had a great experience working with the staff of SMU-Lyle Engineering and the Hart Center. They are very organized and well prepared for all of the events that we attend.”

~CP&Y Executive

“Student success in the workplace requires more than just technical skills, and the Hart Center at SMU understands that. Giving students a broader perspective of leadership and success means they’re better equipped to collaborate with the best and reach their fullest potential.”

~AT&T Executive

About Engineering Connections Career Fair:

“Linda Parker from the Hart Center encouraged my son to attend the career fairs held during his freshman year of school. Due to her help and guidance, my son was able to get an internship his freshman year. This experience provided him the confidence he needed to continue interviewing with other companies and gain more experience, which in turn landed him an internship every year of college. The opportunities available to the students and the caliber of companies at SMU’s Engineering Career Fair is outstanding, and it would not be possible without the hard work from the Hart Center.”

~SMU-Lyle Parent


 Impressions of the Hart Center:

"The Hart Center at the Lyle School of Engineering has served as a valuable resource for our son. The Center has provided practical tools that have enhanced his education and focus on career development. Specifically, he has benefitted through participation in career fairs, interview prep, and internship recommendations/guidance. Most importantly, Linda Parker has exhibited personal commitment and individualized attention together with an extensive knowledge of the process students encounter. The Hart Center has contributed to the wonderful experience and educational opportunities our son has had at SMU."

~SMU-Lyle Parent

“Our son ’13 and our daughter ’17 have benefitted from the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership. They have been able to take advantage of different aspects of the Hart Center, meeting their different personal needs, interests, and desires. Not only have they been offered stellar academic careers at SMU Lyle School of Engineering, the Hart Center has been there as a support to develop their leadership, provide unique networking opportunities, and help them with co-op and internship positions at a much earlier point in their college career as compared to their peers at other universities.”

~SMU-Lyle Parent

“The Hart Center is a fantastic resource for students to make the transition from students to working professionals – both through full-time employment and internship opportunities and guidance. Working at the Hart Center made my daughters aware of the different companies that recruit SMU students. Through information sessions and career fairs, they were able to narrow down the industries they wanted to work for after graduation and network with the individuals who were able to make that happen.”

~SMU-Lyle Parent

“The Hart Center is very innovative in creating programs and offerings geared to keeping Lyle students up to date with market trends and skills requirements.”

~SMU-Lyle Parent

“Both our daughters were fortunate to have the opportunity to work at the Hart Center. The exposure and knowledge gathered at the Hart Center helped our older daughter to find her dream job in consulting. Besides the learning, the staff at the Hart Center, notably Linda Parker, are exceptional in their friendly support and guidance.”

~SMU-Lyle Parent

“The Hart Center has been an invaluable resource for my daughter. Resume building and interview preparation helped her obtain internship placements which supplemented her academic studies. She participated in three unique paid professional internships during her undergraduate studies. These experiences have been a chance to apply classes to real world situations and to inspire professional confidence.”  

~SMU-Lyle Parent

“At the end of my daughter’s freshman year, I heard the words every parent wants to hear: ‘I know I picked the right school, Mom.’ Thanks to the Hart Center building on her strengths, my daughter secured an internship at an international company right after her sophomore year. Getting an education is one thing, getting a working education is another.  The Hart Center's professional staff and acumen are true assets to the Lyle School of Engineering.”

~SMU-Lyle Parent


About Career and Leadership Exposure:

“Lyle offers many avenues for students to explore and develop their leadership qualities – from participation in project teams to more formal arrangements like the Student Engineering Joint Council. These programs give Lyle graduates a distinct advantage in the job market.”

~SMU-Lyle Parent