Caitlyn Butler Named ELATES Fellow in National Leadership Program: UMass Amherst

Caitlyn Butler, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the graduate program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass Amherst has been selected for the class of 2022-23 of the Executive Leadership Program in Academic Technology, Engineering and science (ELATES) from Drexel University. The ELATES program is a national leadership development program designed to promote women in STEM academic fields, and faculty allies of all genders, into institutional leadership roles.


Caitlyn Butler

The ELATES Scholars Class of 2022-23 is a cohort of 30 faculty members from more than 25 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada. ELATES scholars include experts in engineering, mathematics, and science, all of whom have significant administrative experience in addition to their academic achievements. Butler was nominated by UMass senior leadership for the intensive, year-long program, which includes eight to 10 hours per week of personal development and leadership work as well as three rounds of on-site work in the Philadelphia area. .

Butler is an expert in biofilm treatment strategies for wastewater treatment as well as COVID-19 wastewater monitoring. She is currently the Director of the Graduate Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering which supports Masters and PhD students. degrees in all four areas of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program; Transportation Engineering; Structural and Mechanical Engineering; and geotechnical engineering.

Butler says she is grateful for the support of the College of Engineering at UMass Amherst to participate in this program. Through this opportunity, she plans to deepen her knowledge in strategic planning, communication and institutional structure and will apply new skills in a leadership project focused on experiential learning at the master’s level. .

Facilitated by leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development, the ELATES program is focused on increasing Scholars’ personal and professional leadership effectiveness, ability to lead and manage change initiatives at within institutions, the use of strategic finance and resource management to strengthen organizational missions. Combining online instruction and discussion with intensive in-person seminars, the program encourages fellows to apply what they have learned at their home institution. Ultimately, it aims to create a network of exceptional faculty who bring broad organizational perspectives and deep personal ability to the institutions and society they serve.

Sharon Walker, Ph.D., executive director of the ELATES program and dean of Drexel University’s College of Engineering, shares her excitement about welcoming the new class of scholars.

“I am thrilled to welcome this talented new cohort of ELATES Scholars as they join the community of distinguished alumni dedicated to lifelong learning and leadership development. I am thrilled to see what impact they will have not only this year on their home campuses, but more broadly on the higher education STEM community in the future.

To learn more about ELATES in Drexel, visit ELATES online at

Kevin E. Boling