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Engineer on the Board

Posted by on Monday, October 10, 2011 in Digest, Fall 2011.

Leslie Labruto, BE’11, has joined the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust as the 2011 Young Alumni Trustee. Young alumni trustees are elected by graduating and just-graduated seniors—engineering and nonengineering majors alike—to be their voice on the university’s governing board and serve as fully voting board members.

Leslie Labruto
Leslie Labruto

Labruto majored in civil engineering and earned a double minor in engineering management and energy and environmental systems. As a junior, she was president of SPEAR (Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Recycling) and led an initiative, in partnership with Vanderbilt Student Government, to establish Vanderbilt’s $75,000 Green Fund for sustainable student initiatives on campus. She also helped create Vanderbilt’s first Humanitarian Senior Design Project, which aims to bring renewable energy to a community in Guatemala, and participated in programs such as Engineers Without Borders. She is now a graduate student at the University of Cape Town in South Africa studying renewable energy.

Labruto joins recent engineering alumnus Ayotunde Ositelu, BE’09, as one of four young alumni trustees, providing student and young alumni perspectives to the Board of Trust.