Emerging Leaders in Engineering (ELE) is the College of Engineering’s undergraduate leadership program.
Students who complete the program earn a formal Leadership Certificate from the UW-Madison Center for Leadership and Involvement. The program supports your individual growth, both personally and professionally, to ensure your experience is aligned with your goals.
An introduction to basic leadership theories and perspectives, with application to real-life experiences through readings, discussion activities, reflections, and an experiential project with local communities. Explore the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, Servant Leadership, and other theories through a critical lens. This course is offered during the fall & spring semesters.
Grow your leadership skills, and earn a certificate! The Emerging Leaders in Engineering program ties directly into the Leadership Certificate, providing recognition to students that get involved. The certificate requirements include civic engagement, organizational or group leadership, and workshops, as well as written reflections. A large portion of the requirements are met by completing InterEGR 303.
Shortanswer: a lot of really cool things!
Longer answer: students in ELE first take InterEGR 303: Applied Leadership Competencies in Engineering. This three credit course completes degree requirements in the College of Engineering while also assisting you in completing a large majority of your required activities in order to receive your certificate. You’ll also be paired with a COE young alumni mentor to assist you in reflecting more deeply on conversations you had in class, as well as experiences you participate in out of class! Your alumni mentor is chosen specifically for you based on your interest areas, both professionally and personally.
The ELE program partners with the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI) to help students receive their leadership certificate. As such, students follow their requirements in order to receive their certificate, while receiving all necessary hours and paperwork in the ELE program.
Students in ELE complete a large portion of these requirements just by taking InterEGR 303. After completing InterEGR 303, students will take between one or two semesters to complete the rest of their requirements. ELE students will work individually with both an engineering leadership consultant and their UW-Madison COE alumni mentor to finish the rest of their necessary hours and paperwork.
Students in InterEGR 303 spend time learning more about leadership development, both personally and as it relates to working with teams of diverse people, to better prepare them for collaborative engineering work. We explore and critically analyze a variety of leadership styles through discussion activities and reflections.
Leadership theory is placed into action through collaborating with different Wisconsin communities to help them solve an issue they’re experiencing. Students are matched and form groups that offer a solution to these problems, while using both their soft and technical skills to best help these communities.
By completing all necessary requirements set forth through CfLI! The ELE program will assist you in this process, in part by integrating many requirements into InterEGR 303. In this course, you will complete the following requirements (and will receive course credit for doing so):
This then leaves students to complete the following requirements:
The time commitment may vary. We encourage students to set a pace that works for them. So to a certain extent you determine what your time commitment will look like.
The program lasts between 2-4 semesters, depending on the rate with which you complete the requirements. Most students complete ~80% of their requirements simply by being involved (either in student orgs, a co-op/internship, or working while in school) and taking InterEGR 303 after their first semester. InterEGR 303 is a three credit course, which meets twice per week and has reading and reflection assignments, as well as a semester-long project.
Depending on how involved you are while a student at UW (through student orgs, co-ops or internships, jobs, etc.), you will be coming into the program with hours already completed towards your leadership certificate. Students who enroll into the program with these experiences and complete InterEGR 303 usually have a minimal amount of work remaining to complete their certificate.
If you’re entering into the program with little prior involvement experiences, that’s OK! Students in this category typically get involved while taking InterEGR 303 in some way, and complete their certificate at a pace that feels good for them–usually graduating either in 1-2 semesters after InterEGR 303
Yes, it counts towards degree requirements in the following majors:
Electrical & Computer Engineering: Professional Electives
Chemical Engineering: Professional Breadth Elective
Materials Science & Engineering: Free Electives
Industrial & Systems Engineering: Professional Electives
Mechanical Engineering: Math/Science Elective
Geological Engineering: Ethics & Professionalism Requirement
Civil and Environmental Engineering: Applied Engineering Credit
Biological Systems Engineering: Technical Elective
Biomedical Engineering: Free Electives
Leadership: While leadership experience is always helpful, it’s by no means necessary. Students come into this program with a wide range of experiences. All are welcome!
Engineering: This program is for anyone who has declared (or intends to declare) an engineering degree: no engineering experience required!
If you are interested in participating in ELE, you must first enroll in InterEGR 303. Any student headed into the second semester of their first year or later can participate in ELE.
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