All MIT School of Engineering students, as well as students from other majors, are invited to apply to join the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL). The program will select promising engineering undergraduate students based on demonstrated engineering leadership potential at the high school and/or early undergraduate career levels.
- The early admissions deadline is March 4; the regular admissions deadline is March 11. (Students who apply early receive an expedited interview and favorable consideration.)
- Students need not have taken UPOP to join GEL. If a student has not taken UPOP, a request for a waiver must be included in the application.
- Current enrollment in a School of Engineering degree program is required, but an alternative may be available by petition. These petitions can be sent to Bruce Mendelsohn.
- Commitment to participate actively in GEL is a key requirement for admission.
The challenges of the 21st century — from the stable supply of energy in a carbon-constrained world to the delivery of new products based on the fusion of engineering and life sciences — cannot be accomplished by individuals or technology alone. In the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, students learn to cultivate the skills needed to guide the development of socially, environmentally and economically acceptable solutions to technical problems through hands-on, experiential engineering leadership training, assessment and evaluation.
Launched in 2007 through a $20 million gift (with a matching requirement) from the Bernard M. Gordon Foundation and housed in MIT's School of Engineering, the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program provides an integrated set of leadership-oriented, hands-on engineering activities, set in the context of the practice of engineering. The program's carefully planned activities are designed to help develop outstanding MIT students as future leaders in the world of engineering practice.