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Emerging Leaders in Engineering

Emerging Leaders in Engineering (ELE) is the College of Engineering’s undergraduate leadership program.

Emerging Leaders in Engineering is a one-year program created by engineering students, for engineering students. Students who graduate from the program are awarded a formal Leadership Certificate by the UW-Madison Center for Leadership and Involvement. The program focuses specifically on what you want to grow in, both personally and professionally, to ensure you have the experience that you want to have.

Throughout the program, students:

  • Work with a team of peers to solve a real-world technical problem in the state of Wisconsin. Students work collaboratively to determine the goals, objectives, and tasks of this project – all while understanding the unique needs of their community partner.
  • Learn about and discuss what makes them unique as individuals. In a group setting, students reflect on what it means to be an inclusive leader.
  • Participate in our young alumni mentor program, where are they are paired with a mentor based on their interest areas. Students and their mentors work together to create a personal and professional development plan to help guide students as they complete their undergraduate degree, and for life after UW-Madison.
“Every engineering student can have confidence knowing this program is filled with students that wish the absolute best for each other. The course includes small group talks, large group discussions, and lots of individual reflection in between, where each conversation is another opportunity for growth.”
-Madeline Koenig