On behalf of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at Northeastern University (GEL), I am pleased to present the first issue of Gordon e-mail (Ge-mail), a quarterly newsletter intended to share program news with our wide network of industry partners, alumni, colleagues, and friends. 

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Simon Pitts
Director, Gordon Engineering Leadership Program

Industry Partners Share Their Stories

In a new industry spotlight series, Brian Baker, Director of the Food and Drug Administration Winchester Engineering & Analytical Center, explains why GEL partnership is important for the FDA.  Read the article
GEL Celebrates 2011 Gordon Fellows

The fourth class of Gordon Fellows celebrated their graduation with a pinning ceremony and dinner at Smith & Wollensky.  The students were joined by Bernie Gordon, Dean Luzzi, Simon Pitts, and the rest of the Gordon Program faculty, mentors, and staff to celebrate their accomplishments. View the slideshow
Challenge Project Success

Christopher Walker, Design Engineer III at A.W. Chesterton and a 2011 Gordon Fellow, explains why his Challenge Project could have a significant impact on his organization.  Read the article
Gordon Fellows Attend Alumni Reception

Gordon Fellows returned to Stearns Center to mix and mingle at the annual GEL Alumni Networking Event. Fellows from every cohort attended to share career updates, reconnect with faculty, and meet the 2011 Gordon Fellows.  View the slideshow


Northeastern and MIT Host Conference

Northeastern and MIT co-hosted the second Bernard M. Gordon Engineering Leadership Conference.  The event brought together representatives from programs across North America to share best practices and discover new, innovative ways to expand the domain of engineering leadership education. Watch the video


Website Launch

In October, GEL unveiled
a redesigned program website aimed at increasing awareness among potential partner organizations and prospective students.

The site now features expanded curriculum information, first-time online application capabilities, and detailed profiles of how the program has impacted students and organizations. 

Quotable Leaders

"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have.  When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D.  It's not about money.  It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it."

- Steve Jobs

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