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Jeni Sorli

“I am a sophomore in chemical and biological engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, and am originally from Montana. Currently, I am a Presidential scholar, Norlin scholar, BOLD scholar, and an Engineering Merit scholar. I am in the Engineering Honors Program, CU Biodiesel, as well as treasurer of Engineers Without Borders at CU and a resident advisor this year in Andrews Hall. Over the summer of 2012, I worked in a faculty research lab in the chemical engineering department, and continued this position through the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship Program during the 2012-2013 school year. I am also considering a minor in applied math, and am pursuing an Engineering Leadership Certificate through the Engineering Leadership Program.”

Jeni’s ELP Experience:

“The Engineering Leadership Program is truly unique in that it not only gives students the freedom to, but also encourages them in becoming, the type of leader they want to be in the future. From my experience, the goal is not to fit a student into a predetermined “leadership mold,” but rather to allow the student the freedom to create their own mold throughout their education by supplying them with the tools and support. Through classes, mentoring, and talks, students are provided with multiple opportunities to broaden their horizons and tune their education in leadership to fit the areas they desire.

“The directors, leaders, program organizers, and professors in the Engineering Leadership Program are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They have already helped me in multiple aspects of my college career, and genuinely want to see students succeed. The addition of the Engineering Leadership Program and Certificate to the College of Engineering demonstrates the university’s dedication to its students, as well as its desire to help them broaden their education beyond their degree and apply it to the world around them. As students, our futures consist of much more than the degree we are learning, and an understanding of the impact we can have on those around us will be critical to our futures.”

Conrad Hougen

“I am a sophomore in electrical engineering and applied math who is interested in computer technology, physics, and aerospace.  After testing the waters in a broad range of courses, I decided to major in electrical engineering because of its prevalence in all kinds of modern technology.  I also found Physics Electricity/Magnetism and a programming course I took to be fascinating.  Beyond academics, I like to volunteer as a mentor for a FIRST Robotics team and play on the CU Ultimate Frisbee club team.  As I enter my second year, I am excited to continue learning and developing my leadership skills through the Engineering Leadership Program.”

Conrad’s ELP Experience:

“The Engineering Leadership Program is new and exciting.  I took the Engineering Leadership Gateway course my freshman year with Dr. Angela Thieman Dino, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Through that class, I learned about my own strengths and weaknesses as a leader while also getting the opportunity to analyze and discuss literature as it applies to leadership.  Leadership itself can be a challenging word to define, but I learned how to critically evaluate multiple forms of leadership in different situations.  In addition to the gateway class, my first meeting with my ELP mentor exceeded expectations.  My mentor is someone I can trust and learn from.  He brings a wealth of life experiences to the table that have helped me think in new ways.  I was impressed by my mentor’s willingness to give excellent advice that I have taken to heart.  Both the mentorship and the gateway course have made ELP a great experience for me and I look forward to learning more about leadership as I dive deeper into the program.”

Ashley Zerr

“Hello! My name is Ashley Zerr. I will be starting my junior year studying aerospace engineering and minoring in applied mathematics. At CU I get the privilege of having a very hands-on education through the Integrated Teaching and Learning Laboratory. Labs such as the bottle rocket lab let us build and test our own designs in wind tunnels, propulsion stands, and test runs so that we can experience the physics that we learn about in lectures. I also love applying the skills and knowledge I have learned in the classroom to my job at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics where I work as one of their computer programmers and lab assistants. “

Ashley’s ELP Experience:

“The Engineering Leadership Program has allowed me to make a bigger difference in my lab groups both at school and at work. The curriculum includes classes which bring to light leadership styles and approaches that I can then actively put to use in real life. My mentor and I love to read books together and then sit down over coffee to discuss the leadership that has gotten us to where we are. I also love the fact that through ELP I get the opportunity to take classes that aren’t regularly part of the engineering curriculum. The program is making my education at CU more valuable and applicable to my future career and my life. “

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