President’s Message

Welcome to the Chicago Engineers Foundation!

I am honored to be entrusted with the task of shepherding the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation during its 54th year of encouraging Chicago’s youth to pursue careers in engineering.

While our student programming and activities were fully virtual during the worst of the pandemic, our organization continued to focus on empowering Chicago students thanks to the amazing efforts of our staff and volunteers.  We learned a great deal during those 2.5 years and even managed to expand our efforts to serve even more future engineers from neighborhoods across the city.

As we move forward, I am dedicating my efforts as CEF’s President to ensuring we find ways to continue expanding our programs, both in-person and virtually as needed, and look for ways to personally work together on our mission and goals.  Virtual communications will continue to be part of our work, especially as we continue to connect with our CEF Scholars throughout the academic year.  Our Scholars attend universities across the country and can be found in engineering classrooms in the Chicago region as well as throughout the United States.  In addition to our virtual college-level activities, in-person events will take place throughout the city as our volunteers give their time to participate in career fairs, STEM events, and classroom discussions to inspire young people to learn about all the engineering sector has to offer.

If this is your first introduction to Chicago Engineers Foundation, please get to know more about us and our programs. Our mission is to encourage and empower the next generation of Chicago engineers.  Whether you are interested in scholarship awards, learning opportunities, or volunteer activities, we look forward to welcoming you to our growing community of current and future engineers.


Tom Riley, President