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 Engineering-LEAP (E-LEAP)

Engineering-LEAP: What does it do?

  • E-LEAP fulfills three graduation  requirements with two classes.  These requirements are Social & Behavioral Science (BF,) Humanities (HF) and  Diversity (DV.)

  •  E-LEAP courses provide opportunities to be with one professor and the same classmates for an entire year.

  • E-LEAP courses focus on the ethical standards of engineers in national and global settings in the fall class (LEAP 1501) and on how concepts of community have developed and been implemented in the American experience in the spring semester (LEAP 1500).

  • Engineering majors that require taking E-LEAP:     

    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Mining Engineering majors are required to take E-LEAP for both semester
  • E-LEAP classes also provide:
    • Team Building
    • Presentation Skills
    • Library Research Strategies
    • Connections to the Honors Program
  • Teaching and learning methods of E-LEAP classes
    • LEAP 1501 and 1500 are predominantly discussion based classes with lectures interspersed to guide the class discussion. To enable these conversations and discussions, readings are assigned for each class, which will focus the trajectory of your learning. Reading assignments will average about 20- 50 pages for many class periods.  Because we have so much material to discuss in any given class period, and class will consist largely of discussion rather than lecture, you must come prepared by having done the reading in a thoughtful, responsive manner.  Read the texts with critical skepticism, i.e., to identify the main ideas presented, to weigh and evaluate these ideas with an open mind, and to be prepared to share your responses about what you have read.


Fall Semester: LEAP 1501, Social and Ethical Implications of Engineering

“Social and Ethical Implications of Engineering Technologies,” LEAP 1501, provides you with an understanding of the role of ethics in the engineering profession. This course prepares you critically to understand and appreciate the social and ethical implications of engineering technologies. Through the help of articles and case studies you will learn to identify these impacts within the broader context of local and global communities.

You will identify ethical responsibility based on professional codes of ethics published by discipline specific organizations. We will look at some engineering failures in order to integrate concepts of risk analysis into the discussion of ethics and professional responsibility, especially as these failures relate to public health, safety, and whistle blowing.

To understand the impact of engineering solutions in global and societal contexts, we will study concepts of local and global sustainability. We will examine the notion of sustainable development from an engineering perspective and the ethical implications of issues such as globalization and rapid growth of information technology. You will explore multiple discourses on sustainability, and, after receiving instruction on how to present professionally, you will ultimately present your final team project in a conference setting.

In order to understand the role of the engineer in local, national, and global settings, you will begin by asking:

  • What is a society or community? How do engineers define a professional society?  What is the purpose of professional engineering societies?
  • How can engineers determine what is ethical while making decisions within different communities? Are traditional philosophical concepts about ethics applicable to engineering codes of ethics, or are there other ways to think about engineering ethics?
  • What are some of the major questions and problems about communities studied by social scientists? What can engineers learn from social scientists and implement in dealing with other engineers, with corporations or government agencies, and with the public?
  • How do social scientists study human behavior and institutions? What should engineers know about social and organizational theory?
  • What role do social scientists play in our society in influencing public debate and public policy? How does this relate to the role of engineers as citizens and as technical advisors in shaping progress or changes in technology?
  • How do social scientists and engineers analyze and respond to issues of globalization?

 To understand the impact of engineering solutions in global and societal contexts, you will study concepts of local and global sustainability.  You will examine the notion of sustainable development and more specifically how this perspective influences our use and development of renewals from the practicing engineer’s perspective. In addition, you will also critically inquire ethical implications of issues such as globalization and rapid growth of information technology, especially within the context of grand challenges. You will explore your discipline specific discourse on sustainability and ultimately present your findings as a culmination of your semester-long learning. You will receive detailed instruction and guidance on how to present professionally.

Required Materials

There is no one required text for the class. All the readings are available online on Canvas as pdf documents. Links to video recordings are available on Canvas as well; you are required to login using your UNID and password.  You will be required to watch the video during class time, unless otherwise advised.



Spring Semester: LEAP 1500, LEAP Seminar in Humanties for Engineers

In the second semester of Engineering LEAP the focus is on broadening our understanding of the diversity of perspectives in America. We examine literature that offers a variety of contemporary perspectives on equality, race, and opportunity in America. The variety of perspectives allows this course to fulfill the University’s Diversity requirement. As you read the texts, consider questions such as:

  • How does the perspective of America described in the reading compare to your perspective of America?
  • Why do you think the author wrote the text? Do they have a clear point to get across to their audience?
  • How does the protagonist in the particular reading describe and identify himself or herself? How do they see the world around them? Do they provide an explanation for their viewpoints?
  • How does one’s culture and the history of that culture affect one’s identity and behavior?
  • What impressions, feelings or questions do you have after doing the reading?
  • How do you feel towards the main character or protagonist? Is this someone you would want to eat dinner with or sit by on an airplane or get to know better?
  • Is the perspective of the author and/or the main character slanted toward the position that in America culture, wealth, and race are more determinant of one’s future or is the position slanted towards individual responsibility and accountability as determinants of success?
  • How do your own personal experiences shape your analysis and impressions of the reading?
  • What opinions, comments and questions about the reading can you bring to the class discussion on this reading? 

 Required Materials

Course material for this class depends on the section/instructor you choose. Here are some sample texts that students will read during spring 2019. 

  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (2016)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (1999)
  • There’s No Jose Here by Gabriel Thompson (2007)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (2016)
  • The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (2011)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (1998)



Class #  Subject Cat #  Sec  Day/Time


LEAP  1500 001 MW / 08:35AM-09:25AM
7871 LEAP  1500 002 MW / 09:40AM-10:30AM
9013 LEAP  1500 003 MW / 10:45AM-11:35AM
7876 LEAP  1500 004 MW / 11:50AM-12:40PM
7873 LEAP  1500 005 MW / 02:00PM-02:50PM
7874 LEAP  1500 006 MW / 3:05PM-3:55PM
13007 LEAP  1500 007 TH /  9:10AM-10:30AM
7870 LEAP 1500 008 TH / 10:45AM-12:05PM
14778 LEAP  1500 008 TH / 2:00pm-3:20pm

E-LEAP Faculty

Seetha Veeraghanta, PhD.

801 585-1612

LEAD Faculty for E-LEAP

Rebecca Larsen, PhD.

801 585-9922

 Jennifer Seagrave, PhD.

801 587-2999

Meg Harper, PhD.

801 581-4581

 Stephen Maisch, PhD.

801 581-7481


Dianne Leonard

Academic Program Coordinator    College of Engineering Dean’s Office                801 585-7769   


Pam Hofmann

Administrative Assistant

College of Mines and Earth


801 585-3064


Last Updated: 3/15/19