CLEAR Program

Communication, Leadership, Ethics and Research (CLEAR)


CLEAR Program Team

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
Website: faculty.utah.edu/u0847004

Aditi is the Director of the CLEAR Program, the college-wide engineering communication initiative. She develops integrated speaking, writing, and teamwork curricula for all engineering departments. Her responsibilities include instructional development, teaching assistant training, programmatic and basic research, and assessment.

Aditi is also the Senior Communications and Marketing Officer for the College of Engineering in which capacity she generates written content for print and electronic media designed to increase awareness and enhance the reputation of College of Engineering research, activities, and achievements. She supports a comprehensive public relations effort that reaches all internal and external media.

Stephanie Fratto

Administrative Assistant

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

Stephanie provides secretarial and administrative support for Dr. Risbud and the CLEAR Program Associate instructors. She also handles scheduling/reservations for the CLEAR Program Meeting Room (WEB 1705).

Russell Askren

CLEAR Program Associate Instructor

Office: WEB 1813
E-mail: russ.askren@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 587-3723

Russ spent more than 20 years in the software development industry working in the area of large system administration and integration in both technical and managerial roles. His classroom focus is upon workplace writing and presentation, engineering ethics and the role of technology and engineering in society. Russ holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in philosophy with a specialization in applied ethics. His interests focus upon the application of philosophy to public policy in the areas of technology, business, medicine and global justice.

Ryan Brown

CLEAR Program Associate Instructor

Office: WEB 1813
E-mail: ryan.blaine.brown@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 587-7208

Ryan is a patent attorney with eight years of experience and an award-winning patent practice in Texas. He develops and teaches courses in technical communication and intellectual property law. Ryan holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from a large private university, which he attended as a Presidential Scholar and a National Merit Scholar. He holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an editor of the Michigan Law Review. He blends interests in engineering and argumentation with sincere philomathy as he teaches engineers to write and speak better.

Joshua Lenart

CLEAR Program Associate Instructor

Office: WEB 1813
E-mail: j.lenart@utah.edu
Phone: (801) 587-4578

Joshua’s classroom instruction focuses on translating technical information for use in public policy and analyzing an engineer’s ethical responsibilities. He holds a M.A. from Montana State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in English with specializations in rhetoric and writing studies, political discourse analysis, and the environmental humanities. His research focuses on issues involving mule deer migration patterns in the Intermountain West and land and wildlife conflicts vis-à-vis public versus private land use.



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CLEAR Contact Information


Mailing Address:

72 S. Central Campus Drive
WEB Room 1706
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone:

(801) 581-4683

Fax:

(801) 581-8544

Email:

stephanie.fratto@utah.edu

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