CLEAR Program

Communication, Leadership, Ethics and Research (CLEAR)

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.

Russell Askren

CLEAR Program Associate Instructor

Office: WEB 1813
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
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
Phone: (801) 587-4578

Dr. Joshua Lenart teaches technical communications for the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, a M.A. in English from Montana State University, and a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University. His research focuses on land management policy in two discrete areas. The first relates to civil infrastructure projects and landscape-scale impacts on habitat, community resilience, and long-term land use planning; the second involves the utilization, conservation, and management of big game wildlife resources.

For the past six years he has led various transdisciplinary teaching and research projects examining land and wildlife resource management conflicts vis-à-vis public policy, assessing stakeholder needs and desires, resource analysis, and collective impact engagement. Currently, he is working closely with several local and national organizations to research stakeholder input and discourse on the sale or transfer of federal public lands.

CLEAR Calendar of Events

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CLEAR Contact Information

Mailing Address:

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


(801) 581-6911


(801) 581-8544

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