Undergraduate Program

What is E-Lead?

Engineering Leadership

Engineering Leadership seeks to provide a paradigm shift in engineering education with the development of a revolutionary degree venturing into a novel interdisciplinary integration of skills and knowledge in the context of leadership and innovation. Offered exclusively at The University of Texas at El Paso, Engineering Leadership is taking today’s great minds and nurturing them to become the brilliant, innovative leaders of tomorrow.

Engineering Leadership (E-Lead) is the first degree of its kind in the nation. E-Lead goes well beyond being a program, an initiative or a cluster of classes added to a degree plan. By collaborating with key entities such as Olin College, West Point, and other key educational institutions, the curriculum designed for E-Lead transforms the classroom experience of engineering students. E-Lead moves beyond content and focuses on project application and the integration of the students’ skills and knowledge in real-world scenarios.

E-Lead creates a culture of innovation, excellence and collaboration from its students, meant to extend beyond their years of undergraduate study. Grounded in leadership development, E-Lead maximizes each student’s collaborative capacity. Mentoring character and personal growth helps students reach a level of personal and professional achievement that goes beyond traditional instruction. E-Lead develops the student into an action-driven leader with an innovative mindset.

A Foundation in Leadership

The Three Pillars of Engineering Leadership

The department offers an MS in Engineering, with a concentration (or track) in Engineering Education and Leadership (EEL). The department is supported in this role by the Center for Research in Engineering & Technology Education (CREaTE), which promotes and celebrates research that improves our understanding of student learning and excellence in teaching. CREaTE is a place where you can join in the exchange or ideas and information about student academic and professional development, as we inspire, innovate and influence engineering and leadership education.

When the three pillars of Engineering Leadership are put together, the result is a strong graduate – one who is ready to face the challenges of the 21st century.



Engineering Leadership is passionate about mentoring leaders with character. Character is a determination of personality, values and conduct. We believe in shaping individuals at their core. To achieve this, the Engineering Leadership faculty and students cultivate an environment where individuals are mentored to develop an understanding of themselves, to become people of integrity and to nurture selflessness. Without character, leadership is incomplete. Good leaders care about the improvement of the lives they come in contact with. This one trait alone greatly reflects the intentions of the leaders in this program.



Effective and efficient leadership requires an elevated level of subject mastery. Collaborative, project-based learning experiences help students apply leadership theory, and synthesize and identify those leadership opportunities, all while applying their technical knowledge. Engineering Leadership further develops competence by diversifying subjects and allowing students to focus on concentrations that pique their interests. Engineering Leadership gives students a synthesized, multidisciplinary education that prepares them to thrive in today’s world.



Engineering Leadership students are presented with diverse team-based challenges that incorporate multiple disciplines from day one of class. From project managing to research, students have the ability to excel at diverse roles, even teaching, widening the future possibilities available to them. Engineering Leadership develops capacity by providing students with multiple opportunities to apply and synthesize diverse competencies, thereby building experience.