About GEL

GEL leaves an impact!

“Practicing the capabilities of effective engineering leaders combined with MIT's strong technical engineering education has allowed me to make significant and diversecontributions to Bose's research and product development.” —Joseph Maurer '12, Research Engineer, Bose

"GEL taught me what it takes to inspire a group of individuals to move towards a similar goal." —Nate Robert '13, Co-Founder and President of ELLO

"GEL taught me valuable leadership and project management skills that most people don't get until much later in their careers." —Scott Sundvor '12, Co-Founder of 6SensorLabs


Launched through a $20 million gift by the Gordon Foundation—the largest gift made to MIT’s School of Engineering for curriculum development-the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) was established to educate and develop the character of outstanding MIT students as potential future leaders in the world of engineering practice and development and to endeavor to transform engineering leadership in the nation, thereby significantly increasing product development capability. Beyond the Institute, the program offers professional development courses to early and mid-career professionals currently working in industry. Click here for more information about our professional education course offerings.

The program provides to a select group of MIT engineering undergraduates a challenging and supportive environment in which they develop leadership skills that help them to become highly effective leaders of engineering teams. Each year, approximately 175 rising juniors and seniors apply to the program. The Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) serves as a viable entryway into the Gordon ELP, but students can also enter by having demonstrated equivalent experience in an engineering project in an academic or industrial setting. The first year of the program (GEL1) introduces students to engineering leadership experiences and development, and sees approximately 120 students participate. For an exclusive group of 30-35 students, the second year of GEL (GEL2) is an intensely personalized leadership development program that includes opportunities for leadership practice, and significant interactions with industry leaders, staff, and peers. 

The GEL Program equips students with the knowledge and hands-on practice needed in order to lead successful careers in the engineering industry. GEL alumni/ae have gone on to work for companies such as: Accenture, ABInBev, Adobe, Airbus, Amazon, Amazon Robotics, Apple, Blackstone Instruments, Boeing, Bose, Capital One digital payment systems, Cooper Perkins, ExxonMobil, GE Aviation, GE Oil & Gas, General Atomics Aeronautical, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Levitronix, Lockheed  Martin, Lucid Software, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Oracle, Palantir, Pioneer Natural Resources, Power Advocate, Samumed, Schlumberger, Senesta Technologies, Sonos, SpaceX, Tesla Motors, TIAX, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Vecna Technologies, and more.

Watch our video to learn more about the GEL Program!