Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice

Experience beyond the classroom.

The Case School of Engineering's Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice connects students with opportunities to integrate the fundamentals from the classroom into the real world. A variety of intentionally designed programs with specific missions in mind give you a chance to apply your engineering talents across disciplines, across the campus and beyond. 

The division organizes the following programs:

Co-operative Education (co-op)

This voluntary program lets students gain hands-on, paid experience relevant to their course of study. Co-op students get a jump-start on their job search—as most companies use co-op as a pipeline for finding future employees! Learn more now >>

Dual Degree Programs

This unique program lets students from participating schools earn two bachelor's degrees in five years by studying for three years at their original liberal arts university or college, and spending their final two years at Case Western Reserve. Explore the program >>



Envoys is an immersive high school STEM education, training and college preparatory program with the goal of increasing access and persistence in STEM at CWRU for underrepresented minority students from the Cleveland and East Cleveland public schools. Learn more about the program >>


Global Programs

Participate in specialized study abroad programs designed for engineering students. Start your international planning >>

The Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice also helps administer 3+2 Global Master's Programs—partnerships with specific universities across the globe for international students to spend three years at their home institution and two years at Case Western Reserve, earning their undergraduate and master's degrees in five years. Learn more >>

Student Talent Recruitment

The division's team of talent acquisition managers collaborate with industry to help pair talented students with partners to coordinate co-ops, internships, projects, plant tours, speaking engagements, event sponsorships and more. Explore industry partnerships >>

Student Organizations

With dozens of dynamic student organizations to pick from, what are you waiting for? Get involved >>

Engineers Week

This annual program of events every February puts a spotlight on the contributions of engineers to society. Learn more >>

Peer Advising Program

A selective team of upperclassmen engineering students, representing all engineering majors, is available to advise undergraduate students Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm in Nord 316. Learn more >>

Professional Development

To help students gain an edge in industry, academia or wherever their career endeavors take them, the Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice ensures that all of its programs and activities integrate various aspects of professional and personal development. Additionally, the division hosts programs focused exclusively on the development of professional skills. The Professional Development Lab for Engineers is a course taught jointly by the Case School of Engineering and the Weatherhead School of Management. It exposes students to competencies such as emotional intelligence, learning styles, leadership, teamwork and communication. Beginning in the fall of 2019, the course will be a part of the engineering core course requirements. 

The division also offers various workshops on emotional intelligence, workplace etiquette, active listening, executive presence and professional communication throughout the academic year, which additionally provide students with opportunities to engage with alumni and industry representatives. 

Professional Engineer Licensure Requirements

Obtaining a Professional Engineer (PE) and/or a Professional Surveyor (PS) license ensures that the Engineer will adhere to the highest quality standards and ethics in their profession. Having a license increases credibility and confidence with clients. Whether working in private industry, government, consulting or leading your own business, this credential will enable the Engineer to approve documents and plans with authority and the standard of licensure. In some organizations or types of work, this license may be required.

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Meet the Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice Team

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    Genine Apidone

    Director, Cooperative Education, Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice

    Provides the strategic vision and goals, leadership, management and operational implementation of the co-operative education program.

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    Kathy Harper

    Assistant Director, Roger E. Susi First-year Engineering Experience
    Assistant Professor, Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice
    Associate Professor,

    Assists with the development, management, operations, and assessment of the Roger E. Susi First-Year Engineering Experience

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    Susan Mittelstaedt

    Department Assistant, Division of Engineering Leadership & Professional

    Susan supports the administrative functions of the DELPP and services students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

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    Kurt Rhoads

    Faculty Director, Roger E. Susi First-Year Engineering Experience
    Roger E. Susi Associate Professor, Division of Engineering Leadership & Professional Practice
    Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Engineers environmental water, wastewater and energy processes using biotechnology

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    Michael Butler

    Director, Roger E. Susi First Year Engineering Experience Laboratory

    Manage the laboratory and workspace facilities of the Roger E. Susi First Year Engineering Experience.