CLEAR Program

Communication, Leadership, Ethics and Research (CLEAR)

CLEAR 2013

Welcome to the CLEAR Program in the College of Engineering.

The CLEAR Program at the University of Utah’s College of Engineering prepares engineering undergraduates for success in their careers through improving their oral and written communication, teamwork skills and ethical understanding.

Whether our graduates go on to excel in academia, industry or government agencies, writing and communication play a crucial role in each engineer’s day-to-day responsibilities.

By working with our engineering faculty, CLEAR instructors develop speaking and writing assignments, teach technical writing and communication lessons in the classroom, provide feedback to students and consult on best practices for speaking, writing and teamwork.

Our program is unique and innovative due to the emphasis placed on communication, teamwork, and ethics, the integrated nature of the professional skills instruction, and the situated, developmental approach to teaching and learning.

The CLEAR program reaches more than 1,000 students across six departments in the College each year. Through continual exposure to writing, communication, teamwork and ethics, our graduates are better prepared to join the engineering workforce and contribute to society.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas and suggestions for CLEAR. We welcome your interest and feedback!

Aditi Risbud, Ph.D.
Director, CLEAR Program

Administration

Aditi Risbud

Aditi Risbud, Ph.D.

Director

Office: 1704 WEB
E-mail: aditi.risbud@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 587-9038

Aditi is the Director of the CLEAR Program, the college-wide engineering communication and writing initiative. An engineering and communications professional, she develops courses in technical writing and communications for the College. Her responsibilities include curricula development, teaching assistant training, research and assessment. Aditi holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in materials engineering and a certificate in science communications from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Stephanie Fratto

Administrative Assistant

Office: 1706 WEB
E-mail: stephanie.fratto@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-4683

Stephanie provides administrative support to the Program Director and instructors.

Instructors 2013-2014 Academic Year

Instructor Office: WEB 1813

Sarah Bell

Writing Instructor
Mechanical Engineering


E-mail: sarah.bell@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours:Monday and Wednesday, 12:00-1:00 p.m. or by appointment

Sarah began her professional career as a technical writer working for clients including HP and Microsoft. She later returned to school earning graduate degrees in English and information science. She is a Ph.D. candidate here at the University of Utah in communication, with an emphasis on scientific communication.

Amy Bingham

Writing Instructor
Chemical Engineering


E-mail: amylin.peterson@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours: Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday 2:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment

Amy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in English teaching. She is passionate about teaching people the invaluable life skill of writing well, and was able to do this while teaching high school English in Los Angeles, California. Amy is currently pursuing her master’s degree in rhetoric and writing here at the University of Utah.

Veronica Dawson

Communications Instructor
Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering 6060


E-mail: veronica.r.dawson@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours: Thursday, 1:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment

Originally from Bulgaria, Veronica received her undergraduate degree in communication and English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Veronica’s MA thesis at DePaul University was inspired by her work experience with software engineers and studied the challenges and benefits of a foreign accent in the work place. Currently, Veronica is working toward her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication at the University of Utah. She comes to CLEAR with ten years of professional experience in technology and sales working for companies such as SPSS, Inc. and IBM.

Ellen Kress

Writing Instructor
Civil and Environmental Engineering 3100, 4910


E-mail: ellen.kress@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours: Monday, 10:15-11:45 a.m.; Tuesday, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.; or by appointment

Ellen has a master’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and a master’s degree in American studies. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in American studies here at the University of Utah.

Stacey Overholt

Communications Instructor
Chemical Engineering


E-mail: stacey.overholt@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours: Monday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; or by appointment

Stacey has a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in organizational communication, and a master’s degree in communication with an emphasis in mass communication. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in communication with an emphasis in media and communications at the University of Utah.

Cory Robinson

Communications Instructor
Civil and Environmental Engineering 1000


E-mail: cory.robinson@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., or by appointment

Cory received his bachelor’s degree in English, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in British and American literature here at the University of Utah. His academic interests lie in environmental issues, understanding the ways we perceive place, and how place influences us.

Julie Snyder-Yuly

Communications Instructor
Civil and Environmental Engineering


E-mail: julie.yuly@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours: Thursday, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. or by appointment

Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Communication, Sociology and Industrial Education. In addition to working as an industry trainer focusing on employee development, Julie has worked in academia directing a leadership certificate program, teaching courses in public speaking, leadership and women’s studies. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication with a focus on new media studies at the University of Utah.

Heather Stone

Writing Instructor
Electrical and Computer Engineering


E-mail: heather.stone@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Office Hours: Thursday, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. or by appointment

Heather has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in business (MBA) with a marketing emphasis. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. with a dual emphasis in communication and writing. She teaches online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes. She worked in management, product marketing and technical writing roles in the computer industry for 15 years. She writes business plans and proposals and has helped more than 40 companies secure funding or win bids for their ideas. Heather was the owner of a career training company with offices in 3 states.

Ian Summers

Communications Instructor
Mechanical Engineering


E-mail: ian.summers@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or by appointment

Ian received his bachelor’s degree in communication and economics from George Mason University, and his master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Alabama. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in communication with an emphasis on rhetoric at the University of Utah.

Chris Tanseer

Writing Instructor
Bioengineering


E-mail: chris.tanseer@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 5:00p.m.-5:45p.m., Friday 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. or by appointment. Chris’ office hours will be held in SMBB 2660

Chris received his master’s degree in writing from George Mason University. Chris has held a variety of position in communications, research, and IT in the corporate and non-profit sectors. He has taught college courses in writing, research, critical thinking, and literature. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah.

Justin G. Whitney

Communiations / Writing Instructor
Materials Science and Engineering


E-mail: justin.whitney@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 581-8715
Spring 2014 Office Hours: Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Thursday, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m., or by appointment. Justin’s office hours will be held in CME 321

Justin received his bachelor’s degree (BA) in English from the University of Texas, and his master’s degree in rhetoric and Composition from Texas State University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Education, Culture and Society with a focus on rhetoric and composition at the University of Utah.

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Mailing Address: 72 S. Central Campus Drive
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Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: (801) 581-4683
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