Leadership is a Verb

- We must learn by doing.

The engineering students of today are the technology leaders -- and job-creators -- of tomorrow. As a testament to the value of training and developing these future leaders, the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has established the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, which is generously supported with a gift from the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Foundation.

The mission of the Gordon Center is to identify and train effective engineering leaders who will create jobs and products that benefit society. This is accomplished through a series of workshops, courses and engineering leadership forums for undergraduate and graduate students at UC San Diego, as well as local professionals and high school students who aspire to become engineers.

Through its Gordon Scholars and Engineering Leadership Awards, the Center identifies and celebrates talented individuals with leadership potential. In addition, the Center exposes students to the advice, experience and attitudes of proven engineering leaders through training events.


November 21, 2016

Falling Into Leap Sessions

It’s a new fall quarter, which means there’s a new undergraduate and graduate LEAP cohort at the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center.

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November 21, 2016

EnVision Interns: The Power of Volunteer Student Teams for a Maker Space

"After the first session, we noticed that the team leads that had never been in a position of leadership before were having a hard time managing different personalities and expectations,” said Dewald.

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February 3, 2018

Situational Leadership Training

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

PFBH, Basement Level, Room 009