Davon Leak, electrical and computer engineering major at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, always knew that one day, he would become an engineer.
“One day when my civics teacher in the ninth grade told the class the most needed jobs in Arkansas, electrical engineer and nursing were at the top of the list,” Leak said. “I was already kind of a tech nerd, but that just hit the nail on the head.”
Leak, originally from Star City, Arkansas, chose to attend UALR because of the academics. It’s remote location and laundry list of opportunities simply sealed the deal.
While attending the university, Leak has branched out and joined multiple organizations on campus. He is not only an EIT Ambassador, but also a Student Affairs Success Initiative Fellow, student math mentor, weekend academy math mentor for high school students, a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, and the African American Male Initiative.
After graduation, Leak plans on having a job waiting for him at Verizon, HP, or any industrial engineering company. He also hopes to go back to school to get his master’s in electrical engineering.
“My dream job is to have my own company, making products,” Leak said. “I’m going to be something like Bill Gates.”
Although Leak has set big goals, he remains determined through it all.
“My greatest motivation is the success of others that graduate within my major,’ Leak said. “That’s what keeps me focused.”
Advice that Leak leaves for prospective students is to imagine life in five years and think of how to start improving life today.
“After so long, you’re bound to become a boss.”