Leadership Opportunities

Expectations for today’s engineering graduates are higher than ever before as companies and graduate schools seek employees and candidates with strong leadership, communication and team-building skills. WEP provides many opportunities for students to gain real-world leadership experiences and connections to engineering leaders in industry and academia.

Leadership Collaborative

The WEP Leadership Collaborative brings together WEP and twelve student-led organizations, groups and committees that serve UT Austin female engineering students at the undergraduate and graduate level. The Leadership Collaborative includes leadership trainings, monthly collaboration meetings, community building, career exploration, mentoring and outreach initiatives.

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Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs)

Peer Assistance Leaders (PALs) are 2nd, 3rd and 4th year women who volunteer to mentor first year, new transfer and international engineering women, helping the transition into the Cockrell School. Students are automatically matched to a PAL in their major.



  • serve as a resource, role model & friend
  • share academic, career & social experiences
  • contact/meet with their mentees regularly
  • help guide new students to resources & opportunities
  • make connections to student organizations

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Leadership Seminar

The WEP Leadership Seminar provides undergraduate students with practical applications to assess their leadership and communication styles and then apply what they learn through interactive activities. Seminars include interactive discussions, personal assessments, alumni/industry leader guest speakers, and MBA-level course material. 

The Leadership Seminar helps all engineering students enhance their leadership and communication skills in a weekly course full of discussion, small group activities and individual assessments. This course is a great way for you to meet other engineers, develop and think about your leadership skills in a fun format, as well as build your resume. 

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Student Leaders Conference

The Cockrell School of Engineering Student Division Offices hosts the Annual Student Leaders Conference to train, support, and excite student leaders across the Cockrell School including student office staff, mentors, tutors and student organization leaders.

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Contact the Women in Engineering Program at wep@engr.utexas.edu or at 512-471-5650 for more information.