Engineering Leadership Professional Program

Helping Rising Tech Leaders Take the Next Step in Under 5 Months

Join over 600 engineers and technical professionals in the Bay Area who have earned their Certificate from UC Berkeley in Engineering Leadership.

Now more than ever, innovative companies require engineers who can be technical experts as well as strategic managers and directors. The next generation of leaders will need a unique combination of technical horsepower, entrepreneurial ability, and business judgment. ELPP readies technical professionals for the next step in their career by augmenting their analytical skills with proven business methodology and techniques. Our recently updated syllabus reflects today's challenges. New sessions help rising tech leaders innovate under adversity, enabling innovation that matters now. NEW  for ELPP Alumni - ELPP PLUS+ see more.

Register below to be notified of upcoming ELPP infosessions! 

Sign up below to receive notifications about upcoming information sessions


Created for engineers by an engineer, the program builds off the Innovation Engineering framework from chief scientist and SCET founding director, Ikhlaq Sidhu. His proven platform for education utilizes theory, networking, and interactive practice to build a strong repertoire of skills in the technology leader.

  • Enables you to take your innovative ideas forward.
  • Helps leaders avoid making expensive mistakes.
  • Teaches leaders to align technology innovation with business objectives.
  • Prepares technical leaders for higher levels of responsibility within tech firms.
  • Provides critical skills for career development.
The Engineering Leadership Professional Program's Technology focus makes it time and cost effective for rising technical leaders in technology firms.

The Engineering Leadership Professional Program's Technology focus makes it time and cost effective for rising technical leaders in technology firms.

There is no such thing as a management-only track in Silicon Valley. For technical leaders, the MBA can often be too broad and possibly counter-productive for career development in technology firms. This program builds on the core skills of technical managers, engineers, and scientists. It is focused on technology firm situations and is condensed into only 4 1/2 months. The ELPP program offers career building skills that solve real problems in technology firms specifically for engineering directors, lead architects, technical product managers, business development leads, CTO office members, and other key technical staff.

Learn about our model for Engineering Leadership here.

Cost and Features

$11,800 - ELPP- GLOBAL

Includes all materials, course reader and books and meals, as applicable. Excludes travel/lodging.

  • 100% Online with classes in synchronous format
  • 18+ classes over 4 months featuring leading Silicon Valley innovators and UC Berkeley faculty
  • Class times on Wednesday at 6pm - 9pm PT, + occassional Monday
  • Networking opportunities with industry icons and other professionals
  • Access to Sutardja Center exclusive webinars, alumni events and more
  • UC Berkeley Certificate in Engineering Leadership upon successful program completion

Who Should Attend

  • Technology Executives
  • Managers and Directors
  • Senior Engineers
  • Technical professionals considering a management role


ELPP - Silicon Valley


Spring 2022: 
Classes Run Late Jan - Early June

  • Earn your Certificate in Engineering Leadership.
  • In-person, primarily at a location in Santa Clara/San Jose, when permitted by local authorities. 
  • Most classes will be held on Mondays 5:30-8:30pm PT.
  • 22+ weekly in person sessions and 2 group projects
  • Online and in-person mentoring sessions
  • UC Berkeley-based closing session and graduation event.

Application deadline:
Dec 20, 2021

Apply to Engineering Leadership Professional Program - Silicon Valley

Nominate a colleague for ELPP

       ELPP - Global Online


    Fall 2022: 
    TBD Aug - Dec 2022

    • Earn your Certificate in Engineering Leadership.
    • Online weekly 3-hour session
    • Classes will take place from 6-9pm PT on Wednesdays and the occasional Friday
    • 18+ weekly online sessions and 1 group project
    • Group and individual mentoring sessions
    • Online graduation event and certificate ceremony

    Application deadline:
    July 16, 2022

    Apply to Engineering Leadership Professional Program - Global Online

    Nominate a colleague for ELPP

      Course Content

      Award winning faculty and Silicon Valley icons lead the program with a combination of case study, lecture, interactive exercises, self guided learning and networking. Our course modules cover: Opportunity Recognition, Operational Engineering, Leadership & Communication, intercorporate Project (with class peers) and for the ELPP - Silicon Valley program an intra-corporate project. In addition, participants have Sutardja Center network access to visiting keynote sessions, alumni events and Innovation that Matters roundtable online sessions.

      Course Modules

      Sample Projects

      The Engineering Leadership Professional Program guides students through two projects that combine the program's focus on the new technologies, the latest management and leadership skills, and innovation engineering.

      Faculty and Speakers

      Award-Winning UCB Faculty and Silicon Valley Industry Leader Speakers

      Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu speaking at ELPP. Sidhu is the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Major Innovation Award and is a professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

      Participating Companies

      These companies consistently sponsor rising engineers. Let us know if you'd like your company to be a sponsor and we'll work with you Learning/Development team.

      google square
      cisco square
      ericsson square
      lam research square
      juniper square
      samsung square
      vmware square
      applied materials square
      qualcomm square

      "ELPP is a great way to gain multiple different perspectives outside of our core engineering worlds. It broadens ones horizons in a fun, fast paced program..." — 2020 ELPP Attendee

      "The program allowed me to take a pause and focus on advancing my knowledge, innovative and leadership skillsets."
      — 2019 ELPP Attendee

      "It was amazing. My career took off and I've been afforded several great opportunities since."
      — 2017 ELPP attendee

      Frequently Asked Questions


      Questions? Contact Vicky Howell at for more information. Companies may provide sponsorship for employees or employees may enroll directly and request reimbursement from their firm.