Northern Lights Solutions Inc. Principal, Roger Tipton, is supporting the development of the next generation of scientists and engineers by being being a mentor for the University of South Florida’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The College of Engineering REU program aims to give undergraduate students an opportunity to directly participate in research efforts as research assistants with professors and graduate students on a variety of exciting and interdisciplinary research projects. Graduate students and professors both serve a dual role as research partner and mentor to the REU students. The goal is to introduce students to the scientific process, and research ethics and professionalism. As the students progress in the program, their projects become more individualized and complex. Several past REU students have published their work in major scientific journals and contributed to international conferences.