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Engineering LEAP  (E-LEAP)




Fulfills 3 General Education requirements in 2 classes.  Social & Behavioral Science (BF), Humanities (HF) & Diversity (DV.)

Consistency. Have one professor, peer advisor, and the same classmates for an entire year.

 Develop Skills.

  • Team Building
  • Presentation Skills
  • Library Research Strategies
  • Connections to the Honors Program

WEB - Engineering


Learn about mining and engineering and how they affect policy making and communities and the impact they can have on innovation. 



  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mining Engineering  

Women and STEM Minorities


This class is open to all students and is designed to support STEM minority groups by fostering a community of support. STEM minorities as defined by 
the National Science Foundation are:

  • Women
  • Non-binary genders
  • African Americans
  • Hispanics
  • American Indians
  • Alaska Natives
  • Persons with disabilities


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.

This course:

 ♦   Is designed to support STEM minority groups across their disciplines within the Colleges of Engineering and Mines.

 ♦   Will have activities (both inside and outside of class) geared toward fostering a community of support for women in engineering.

 ♦   Focuses on the ethical standards of engineers in national and global settings and addresses concerns. Relevant for  minorities in STEM.

 ♦   Emphasizes how communities have developed and been implemented in the American experience.

 ♦   Provides a female engineering major as a Peer Advisor.

FALL 2021 E-LEAP promoting Women & STEM Minorities class: 

LEAP 1501 - Section 5 

Class# 14647

MWF / 10:45 AM-11:35AM

More information about this class contact:

Seetha Veeraghanta, PhD.    or    (801) 585-1612

Engineering LEAP (E-LEAP) hires mentors each academic year. The Minorities in Engineering class is designed to inspire and support women and minorities in Engineering and Mining Sciences by providing opportunities to:

  • Make connections with peers and colleagues in their colleges
  • Share their experiences to positively impact undergraduate education.
  • Create a sense of belonging and community and offer support to one another
  • Mitigate the academic, professional, social challenges faced by many women and minorities in the Colleges of Engineering and Mining.
  • The goals of the Engineering LEAP Mentoring Program are to:
  • Recruit, support and promote women and minorities in engineering education and profession
  • Provide support in the pursuit of their career, here at the University of Utah and
  • Advocate for their success.

Primary Responsibilities of Mentors

  • Each mentor will be assigned three mentees
  • Must meet in person with mentees at least once a month with each mentee
  • Must communicate (via email/text or phone calls) at least two times with each mentee every month

Employment Terms

  • Terms are TBD pending University decisions about COVID-19


A stipend of $270/per semester


  • Current student in the College of Engineering and/or Mines
  • Must be able to provide at least six hours of mentoring per month
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5


“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 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.

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. You will explore your discipline specific discourse on sustainability and ultimately present your findings as a culmination of your semester-long learning at our Spring LEAP Symposium.

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?

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? 

Course material for this class depends on the section/instructor you choose.

Reading 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. 

LEAD Faculty for E-LEAP

Stephen Maisch, PhD.

801 581-7481

Jennifer Seagrave, PhD.

801 587-2999

Seetha Veeraghanta, PhD.

801 585-1612

Dianne Leonard, 

Academic Program Coordinator, College of Engineering Dean’s Office                

801 585-7769   

April Vrtis

Pam Hofmann

Administrative Assistant, College of Mines and Earth Sciences

801 585-3064


Class #  Subject Cat #  Sec  Day/Time
14653 LEAP  1501 001 ONLINE ONLY
-- LEAP 1501 002 --
17759 LEAP  1501 003 ONLINE ONLY
14646 LEAP  1501 004 MW / 09:40AM-10:30AM
14647 LEAP  1501 005* MW / 10:45AM-11:35AM
14648 LEAP 1501 006 MoWeFr / 11:50AM-12:40PM
14649 LEAP  1501 007 MoWeFr / 12:55PM-01:45PM
14650  LEAP  1501   008 TuTh / 12:25PM-01:45PM 
14651  LEAP 1501 009   TuTh / 09:10AM-10:30AM
14652 LEAP 1501 010 TuTh / 10:45AM-12:05PM


 * This class is designated as E-LEAP promoting Women and STEM Minorities

Last Updated: 2/22/21