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Alumnus Bernard M. Gordon awards 43 Gordon Engineering Leaders Program completion certificates

Twenty students complete the year two program; 23 complete year one
Students graduate from the GEL Year One and GEL Year Two programs.
Students graduate from the GEL Year One and GEL Year Two programs.
Photo: Bruce R. Mendelsohn

On Friday, May 11, Program Benefactor Bernard M. Gordon '48, SM '49 awarded 42 students in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership (GEL) Program Certificates of Engineering Leadership. Twenty students graduating from the GEL Year Two program earned Advanced Certificates of Engineering Leadership and 23 students graduating from the GEL Year One program earned Certificates of Engineering Leadership.

As GELs, these students completed rigorous program requirements that included:

  • Participating in and leading weekly immersive and interactive Engineering Leadership Labs;
  • Completing required courses in Engineering Leadership, Engineering Innovation & Design, Project Engineering, and People and Organizations;
  • Completing a reflective Personal Leadership Development Plan and sharing with program staff individual presentations of their personal leadership development in GEL.

In his brief remarks to the graduating GELs, Gordon said, "You've given yourselves a head start on your colleagues who are beginning careers in engineering through the skills you have learned in GEL and your diligent application to the study and practice of engineering leadership. You should be proud of what you've accomplished, both personally, professionally and on behalf of the Institute."

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.

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