Engineering Living Learning Community

students having a conversation, two students smiling together in front of Engineering Sign, and Engineering students working on project


In partnership with the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the Engineering Living Learning Community (ELLC) brings together students wishing to pursue a career engineering. This residential community fosters exploration of this career path through courses, programming, services, and connections to campus and community resources.

Location: Community Park- First-Year, Bettie Johnson Hall- Second-Year

Advisor: Tevin Monroe and Edison Pleasants


  • A Peer Mentor to assist you with the transition from high school to college.
  • ELLC-only tutors in your residence hall to assist you with homework and studying for tests.
  • Opportunities to network with representatives from companies (such as Cummins in Columbus, Indiana) who typically hire Speed students for co-op rotations
  • Academic programs to assist you in becoming more successful as a student.
  • Social activities to assist you in getting to know community members better.
  • Program Houses that provide smaller communities with the ELLC that are divided based on student interest area including career exploration, community service, experiential learning and leadership
  • An opportunity to apply for an undergraduate research experience in the summer after first year with a faculty mentor within your specific Engineering major

Who can apply?

Required Courses

There are no specific courses that correspond with the ELLC, but students will take similar Engineering courses in their first year. Students will receive information about course scheduling at the beginning of the summer and at the summer orientation they attend. 

Meet Your Advisor

Engineering LLC Advisor Tevin Monroe

Tevin Monroe (He/Him), First Year Experience and Student Engagement Coordinator

Contact Information (Email Preferred):; We can meet virtually on Teams or on campus by appointment!

I joined Speed School in 2024 as the First Year Experience and Student Engagement Coordinator. My professional background includes time spent in public health, human resources, community engagement, and student activities. All of that is summed up to say – I love working to create experiential education opportunities; where you can learn by doing, by bringing your full self to a learning experience, and where learning does not only take place within the four walls of a classroom. I believe that joining the Engineering LLC should give you the experience of being in a supportive community where you are free to try new things, to make mistakes, and to lean on others for support. Myself and the rest of the ELLC community are here to help support you through what can often be a challenging first year as a Speed School student.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Wayne State University in 2017. I completed my Master’s degree in 2022 in Community Engagement from Merrimack College. During my Master’s program, my academic focus was on the intersection of mindfulness and service-learning.

5 Things to Know About Me!

  • I was raised in Michigan. Since leaving my home state, I have lived in Pittsburgh, PA briefly and have been in Kentucky since 2018.
  • I love thriller, horror, and science fiction films.
  • Fitness is an important part of my life, but I balance that with mindfulness – being focused on fitness goals while also giving myself grace to rest and enjoy all different kinds of foods!
  • I usually prefer podcasts over music.
  • While I don’t do much console gaming, my game of choice is Pokémon Go – you’re likely going to find me walking around campus trying to find a raid or catching a Pokémon.

Engineering LLC Advisor Edison Pleasants

Edison Pleasants (She/Her/Hers), Graduate Assistant

Contact Information (Email Preferred):

Hi everyone, my name is Edison Pleasants. I am the current graduate assistance for the Office of Student Success. My favorite part about my job is working with amazing mentors to ensure that your first year of engineering is fantastic. I am a native to Louisville, Kentucky. I went to undergrad at the University of Louisville, where I studied graphic design with a minor in communication. I am currently a student at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. I hope to go into public interest work when I graduate from law school. When I was in undergrad, some organizations I was involved with include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority INC, Honors Scholars Program, Muhammad Ali Scholars Program, Porter Scholar Program, the founder of the Black and Brown Honors Society, and a Diversity Student Ambassador. A fun fact about me is that I have a chihuahua and her name is Potsy. When I am not helping out amazing students such as yourself, I am painting or crocheting.

Advice for LLC/TC Students:

My advice for students is to be themselves. Don't be afraid to join organizations that you're interested in or ask a classmate out for lunch before class, it's a great way to make new friends.