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Cameron French ’14

Cameron French ’14

Q :: What motivated you to apply to participate in the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program?

A :: My participation in UPOP (Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program) as a sophomore encouraged me to take an active role in acquiring the skills of an effective engineering leader. UPOP acts as an unofficial feeder program for GEL, giving second-year students a taste of life as an engineer. The learning modules I took part in opened my eyes to the complexities of engineering, both scientific and interpersonal. I found these real-life subjects to be both fascinating and encouraging, so I made the decision to pursue them further through the GEL program.

Q :: What have you learnt by participating in the program about engineering leadership? Why do you feel this is important for Course 22 students?

A :: I’ve been learning about the capabilities which an engineer must possess in order to lead. These skills are necessary for the achievement of all engineering objectives. Some of the traits that make a leader effective have more to do with interpersonal concepts than with scientific knowledge. For example, the abilities to communicate empathically and cast vision will be necessary for all Course 22 students who wish to break the social stigma associated with nuclear power.

Q :: How will you apply these skills with your degree in Course 22?

A :: An NSE degree from MIT and GEL experience is a truly synergistic combination. In my future I foresee the practical application of each lesson learned through the program. As a result of my participation in GEL, I will be a confident and passionate torchbearer for the nuclear science community. Course 22 and GEL are changing the world and will continue to do so as long as students pursue personal leadership development.

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