Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
For more than 150 years, MIT has produced technically expert engineers who have fueled our nation's powerful technology engine. From Doppler Radar to GPS and Technicolor to Voice Recognition technology, MIT's engineering graduates helped the U.S. lead the world in engineering innovation, invention and implementation.
The challenges we face in 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 the life sciences — cannot be accomplished by individuals or by technology on its own. We need to cultivate technically astute people who can apply their skills to guide the development of economically, socially, and environmentally acceptable solutions to technical problems.
We need engineering leaders.
ELP responds aggressively to the future needs of our engineering industry by transforming young engineers (whether enrolled at MIT or already working in industry) into effective engineering leaders — thereby addressing critical needs expressed by national leaders, industry, students and other key stakeholders.
"The most important thing we can do is to take engineers who are technically proficient and prepare them to lead. Yes, you must have a good process from concept to design to execution. But you also must have engineers who will both risk acting on great ideas as well as nurture and propagate the emotional side of engineering."
— Dan Riccio, VP, Apple Computer Inc.
While enrolled at MIT, students in the program (Gordon Engineering Leaders, or GELs) are exposed to a multi-year intensive combination of "real-life" project-based learning experiences and academic subjects, thereby building engineering leaders who are ready from Day One to lead from any chair in your company. Beyond MIT, the program works with engineering industry companies and organizations to develop the leadership skills of their young engineers.
Because industry needs the type of engineering leaders the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program develops, the program offers many ways for industry to get involved. As the ultimate customer for these engineering leaders, working with ELP's powerful alliance of industry and academic leaders you can get:
- Talent Today: Access to MIT's "best and brightest" engineering leaders (.pdf on the InternshipPlus program)
- Strengthen Your Pipeline: The ability to help forge the next generation of U.S. engineering leaders (.pdf on Mentoring a Gordon Engineering Leader)
- Develop Your Staff: Access to unique project-based learning modules and young engineer training activities custom-designed for the needs of your company
As an engineering industry leader, you know your future — indeed, the future of the engineering profession in the U.S. — depends on your active involvement in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program.
"Initiative was probably one of Max's strongest attributes: He clearly expressed a desire to take on as large of a project as he could (considering his intern status), and he completely owned the projects he took on. I was very impressed with his efforts." — J.E, InternshipPlus Supervisor, GE Aviation
As a result of the engineering leadership training and development students get in GEL, they are prepared to work in almost any company. In addition to the companies shown below, GELs work at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Airbus, Inc., PowerAdvocate, Levitronix, Pelton & Crane, and serve as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Read more about GEL requirements in the GEL handbook.
For more information, contact Executive Director Leo McGonagle at firstname.lastname@example.org.