What is E-Lead?
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.
Program Educational Objectives (B.S. in Engineering Leadership)
Graduates of the B.S. in Engineering Leadership Program will:
- Value the role of engineering and leadership for the betterment of community and society.
Elaboration: Our graduates will value and will demonstrate their ability to recognize leadership opportunities and to take initiative for beneficial change. They will understand the broad social, economic, and ethical implications of their endeavors both inside and outside of engineering, and they will be cognizant of their professional, civic, and societal responsibilities.
- Inventively cultivate success in their field by demonstrating technical competence and problem solving skills, which will foster success in a variety of postgraduate environments, including professional practice and graduate school.
Elaboration: Our graduates will have a solid grounding in fundamental principles of engineering, mathematics, and science, and they will apply this knowledge to a variety of systems inside and outside of engineering. They will be able to develop inventive solutions that are responsive to technical, social, economic, and cultural considerations and constraints among others.
- Possess attributes for assuming increasing levels of professional responsibility
Elaboration: Develop Character, Competency, and Capacity. Our graduates will also develop a deep understanding of engineering, mathematics, science, business, and entrepreneurship. They will build on this foundation by engaging in independent learning to identify and to respond to emerging technical and societal developments.
Student Outcomes (B.S. in Engineering Leadership)
By the time of graduation from the Program, students will have:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering solutions and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
- An ability to recognize leadership issues and to apply leadership principles
- An ability to recognize the need for and to apply business acumen in an engineering context
A Foundation in Leadership
The Three Pillars of Engineering Leadership
Character, Competence, and Capacity represent the three pillars of Engineering Leadership. When these three pillars are put together, the result is a strong graduate - one who is ready to face the challenges of the 21st century.
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.