About GEL Year Two

In GEL2, students continue developing as leaders while also working closely in a student-led organization and collaborating with instructional staff to plan and deliver activities to GEL1s. In the summer before GEL2 year, students complete an InternshipPlus while participating in structured reflection on leadership capabilities. During GEL2, students complete two short courses in which they learn about tools for project management as well as the challenges of managing people.

GEL2s take a very different role in their second year in the ELLs; some may lead a team of GEL1s, observing and offering feedback, while others hold positions in the student leadership organization. The reflection experiences that began in the GEL1 year continue, culminating with a final presentation regarding development in the Capabilities of Effective Engineering Leaders. Participating in mentorship is highly recommended, and specially selected mentors help prepare GEL2s to transition into fruitful careers in industry. 

Requirement Description Class Time Units/Credit

6.913/16.667: Engineering Leadership Lab (ELL)*


Exposes students to engineering leadership frameworks and models in an interactive, experiential, team-based environment. Activities include: design-build projects, role-plays, simulations, and performance assessment by/of other students. *GEL2 students work closely with program staff to plan, organize, and deliver lab exercises to GEL1s. (Both semesters) 2 hours per week

(GEL2s are required to meet, as needed, outside of lab)

12 units (6 per semester)

6.914/16.669: Project Engineering 


Provides an introduction to basic principles, methods, and tools for project management in a realistic context. Over remainder of term, progresses to an introduction to project management, with emphasis on finance, evaluation, and organization. (IAP + selected dates)
4-day off-site class 6 units

Advanced Engineering Leadership Elective*


Explore one of the several approved leadership topics in greater depth:
10.01 (1.082, 2.900, 6.904, and 22.014) Ethics for Engineers
10.806 (2.96, 6.930, and 16.653) Management in Engineering
11.011 The Art and Science of Negotiation
15.301 Managerial Psychology Lab
15.310 Managerial Psychology
15.320 Strategic Organization Design
15.665 Power and Negotiation 
15.668 People and Organizations
21G.019 Communicating Across Cultures
WGS.150 Gender, Power, Leadership, and the Workplace
See course catalog 6-15 units
InternshipPlus Students secure an internship and work to maximize their experience, perhaps seeking additional responsibilities or taking on a special project. Required during summer before GEL2 Year
Engineering Practice Requirement Interview (EPR2) GEL2s interview an engineering leader from industry, capturing lessons learned in a written report.  Required for completion
Personal Leadership Development Plan (PLDP) This assignment is designed to increase familiarity with the Capabilities of Effective Engineering Leaders and encourage reflection regarding personal and professional development. Students rate their competency level for each capability. Year-long assignment
Final Presentation GEL2s present on their development and progress regarding the Capabilities of Effective Engineering Leaders. Required for completion
Mentorship GEL2s have the option to be paired with mentor who is a mid/senior engineering leader in industry.  Recommended

Goals of the GEL2 year:

  • Continue challenging students to become better engineering leaders by immersing them in the practical application of the Capabilities of Effective Engineering Leaders.
  • Continue encouraging the development of self-efficacy through experiential learning and leadership.
  • Practice project engineering, organizational development, negotiation, conflict resolution, peer leadership, and other critical team-oriented skills.
  • Offer students the opportunity to participate in an organization where they have the potential to influence and enact change.
  • Build skills in evaluating peers candidly, responding constructively to feedback, and utilizing personal reflection for growth.
  • Sharpen students’ advanced communication and presentation skills.