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What It's Like to Be in The Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

It is in MIT’s rich, innovative, and inventive tradition of engineering leadership that the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) operates. Housed in MIT’s School of Engineering, this unique engineering leadership program provides an integrated set of leadership-oriented, hands-on engineering activities, set in the context of the practice of engineering, designed to develop outstanding future leaders in the world of engineering practice. Launched through a $20 million gift (with a matching requirement) by the Gordon Foundation — the largest gift made to MIT's School of Engineering for curriculum development — the Program aims to ensure MIT continues to lead the nation in graduating effective engineering leaders and, beyond the Institute, to create new approaches that prepare the nation's young engineering leaders for productive and effective careers in engineering companies. To develop the potential leaders of engineering innovation, invention, and implementation, the program works both with students enrolled at MIT and beyond the Institute with industry.

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Why You Should Apply to Become a Gordon Engineering Leader (GEL)

Why You Should Apply to Become a Go...

Added 4 months ago | 00:01:19 | 665 views

In this video, GEL Student Leader (Fall 2013) Emily Hupf (GEL '14) shares with viewers the personal and professional leadership skills they'll discover in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program. The admissions period to apply to b...

Bernard M. Gordon Lecture: "Lessons I've Learned in My Life As An Engineering Leader"

Bernard M. Gordon Lecture: "Lessons...

Added 1 year ago | 00:45:28 | 3288 views

On April 5, Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program Benefactor Bernard M. Gordon (MIT '48, M.S. '49) shared with an overflow crowd lessons he's learned in his life as an engineering leader. In his remarks, Mr. Gordon spoke passionately...

GEL Alumnae Share How GEL Has Helped Them in their Careers

GEL Alumnae Share How GEL Has Helpe...

Added over 1 year ago | 00:01:30 | 1582 views

In this video, two GEL alumnae share how the program helped them to guide their career paths, and how they continue to benefit from the lessons they learned in GEL. Nora Micheva (GEL '10) is a Program Manager at Microsoft; Ariadne Smith ...

Program Benefactor Bernie Gordon Shares a Lifetime of Engineering Leadership Lessons

Program Benefactor Bernie Gordon Sh...

Added over 1 year ago | 00:06:24 | 1071 views

Each semester during one of our weekly Engineering Leadership Labs, the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program hosts a "Engineering Leader's Roundtable." During our Spring 2012 ELL, we enjoyed remarks from Program Benefactor Bernard M...

"Blast Off" Engineering Leadership Lab, 9-28-12

"Blast Off" Engineering Leadership ...

Added over 1 year ago | 00:01:56 | 1966 views

Many of you have asked what sort of things we do in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program's weekly Engineering Leadership Labs (ELLs). In this video of our "Blast-Off" ELL on September 28, Gordon Engineering Leaders (GELs) pract...

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