Grad Workshops on Engineering Leadership (Fall 2022)

Instructor: David Niño and other GEL Graduate Instructors

Join us for these four workshops, designed for MIT graduate students interested in “making a positive difference” in their chosen fields. Our sessions will focus on building skills in core areas related to leadership development and also on how graduate engineering students can earn a new GradEL Certificate in Technical Leadership based on completion of our academic courses. (See here for additional info on requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Technical Leadership Program.) We will also explain how doctoral engineering students can combine our academic classes to satisfy minor requirements in selected graduate degree programs. These workshops will be delivered in collaboration with GradSage, an advisory group to the Dean of Engineering.

We invite you to register and attend our workshop series, which counts toward satisfying requirements toward the certificate. All workshops will be capped at 50 participants and held in-person from 5:00-7:00pm. Please email Lisa Stagnone ( and David Nino ( if interested in registering for the certificate program or if you have any questions.  

Workshop 1 – November 9 (Wednesday), 5:00-7:00 p.m., 32-144 ** NEW DATE ** Event date changed from September 29 to November 9.  

Welcome back! Learning from games to build high performance teams

By David Niño and GradSAGE

Workshop 2 - October 12 (Wednesday), 5:00-7:00 p.m., 32-144

Career and technical leadership paths in industry

By Reza Rahaman

This workshop highlights the role of the career progression options available in technical organizations AND the types of technical projects being undertaken by the organization in determining a path that maximizes growth and satisfaction for an Emerging Engineering Leader as their Leadership Skills develop.

Workshop 3 – October 26 (Wednesday), 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 32-144

Foundations for personal integrity in technical contexts

By Jim Magarian

This workshop centers on an interactive case analysis in small student groups. An introductory lesson frames the decision-making of technical professionals in terms of integrity and professional ethics concepts. Tools for decision analysis are presented, and students develop awareness of contextual variables that tend to strain integrity. Session concludes with case analysis debrief.

Workshop 4 – November 17 (Thursday), 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 32-144

Managing up your advisor or supervisor

By Jacqueline Goldstein

Our relationships with research advisors and professional supervisors have a tremendous effect on our well-being and growth. This workshop will teach principles and skills to help you “manage up” your supervisors here at MIT and beyond, creating more positive, productive working relationships. Skills will include identifying the overlap between your interests and your advisor's, advocating for your own needs, and optimizing your day-to-day interactions.

*Please email Lisa Stagnone ( and David Nino ( if interested in registering for the certificate program or if you have any questions.