Four elements serve as the foundation for The Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership (GIEL) and are integrated into every aspect of the curriculum:

Experiential Learning

GIEL’s curriculum aligns with Northeastern’s long-standing reputation as a leader in global experiential learning, most notably via its top-ranked cooperative education program, GIEL works hand-in-hand with industry partners to develop and grow the proficiency, effectiveness, and dexterity of future leaders.

Gordon Fellow Candidates tackle topics and challenges that directly relate to their professional responsibilities and aim to grow their understanding and appreciation of the organization’s position in the marketplace. They also lead an industry-focused Challenge Project that has significant value to their sponsor organizations.

Cross Cohort Sharing

The GIEL cohort consists of Candidates with a broad range of academic and professional experience. This diversity enriches classroom discussions and facilitates opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. In exit surveys, Candidates frequently cite the opportunity to learn from other emerging engineering leaders as one of the most important aspects of the GIEL experience.


Gordon Fellow Candidates receive guidance and direction from a personalized support team of mentors. Together, this team provides personal guidance, encouragement, and support to overcome obstacles that may arise during the progression of the project and program.

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Distinguished Speakers

Throughout the academic year, GIEL brings notable engineering leaders and innovators to campus to share their experience and lessons with Gordon Fellow Candidates. These sessions provide a valuable opportunity for Candidates to engage in candid conversations with seasoned leaders and see various models of engineering leadership at work.

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