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Emerging Leaders in Engineering

The Emerging Leaders in Engineering (ELE) program provides opportunities for you to gain the skills you need to be an effective collaborator and leader in the workforce while making a positive impact on the College of Engineering.

ELE offers three subprograms: Engineering Ambassadors, Engineering Design Coaches, and Engineering Peer Educators.

Why participate?

The ELE program is a great opportunity to develop professional development skills, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • How to take initiative and function independently
  • How to respond effectively to ambiguity and change
  • Mentoring and motivating others
  • Effective public speaking
  • How to work with diverse people

All ELE participants are awarded a scholarship.

Eligibility for ELE

The basic eligibility requirements for participation in all programs: 

  • Standing as a matriculated undergraduate student in the College of Engineering
  • A minimum of a 2.50 cumulative GPA
  • Good standing with the Community Standards and Student Conduct office
  • Completion of one quarter at UW

ELE programs

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Engineering Ambassadors (EAs) »

Connect with K-14 students to inspire interest in the field of engineering and to share opportunities in engineering at the UW. You'll share your passion for engineering with the next generation.

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Engineering Design Coaches (EDCs) »

Introduce undergraduate Engineering Undeclared students to the wide array of applications of engineering and guide them through the steps to build their own projects.

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Engineering Peer Educators (EPEs) »

Mentor new Engineering Undeclared students through their transition the College of Engineering by facilitating the GEN ST 199 component of Engineering FIGs in autumn quarter.


Which program is right for me?

Compare some basics on each program to help you determine the best fit for you. Note: You may apply to more than one program.

Program Time commitment Curriculum When to apply
See each program website for the specific application deadline

Engineering Ambassadors 

Autumn-spring quarters: 5 events per quarter and biweekly meetings Ongoing training Autumn quarter

Engineering Design Coaches

Autumn and winter quarters or autumn and spring quarters: 5-10 hrs/week 2 credits of ENGR 498 in autumn quarter Late winter/spring

Engineering Peer Educators

Spring: ~5 hours/week; autumn: 5-10 hrs/week 0-3 credits of ENGR 498 both in spring and autumn quarters Late autumn/early winter