The Academic and Research Leadership Symposium (ARLS) will be hosted at the NSBE National Convention. This symposium will provide a unique opportunity to bring together minority engineers who are involved in or preparing for careers in academia and industrial research to network and to hear from other successful colleagues from around the country. The faculty development thread hosts workshops organized by members of the ARLS network that strengthen and demystify fundamental components of academia. Example topics include: Obtaining a Faculty Position, The Ins and Outs of the Tenure Process, How to Write a Successful CAREER Proposal, How to Successfully Manage a Research Group, Strategies for Diversifying your Research Funding Portfolio. Attendees of the ARLS that participate in the faculty development thread are required to participate in the research networking events.