The Gordon Center will select promising students to become Undergraduate and Graduate Gordon Scholars based, in particular, on demonstrated engineering leadership.

The Gordon Scholars program is a one year program that requires time commitment in order to engage in the required Gordon Scholar meetings, courses, trainings, workshops, the Think Tank, and complete challenge projects. All requirements must be met in order to earn the Certificate of Engineering Leadership at the time of graduation.

Please see application checklist, program at a glance and requirements below.

All applicants to the Gordon Scholars program are required to apply online.

Who Can Apply

  • Undergraduate & Graduate Students at Junior and Senior levels
    (Exceptions made for freshman and sophomore undergraduates that demonstrate prior leadership experience.)
  • Engineering Major Admissions Required
  • Students with Demonstrated Engineering Leadership

Gordon Scholar Application Deadline

Applications due April 5th

Acceptance Decisions will be made before the end of Spring Quarter

Application Checklist

  • Cover Letter focusing on your perspective on engineering leadership.
  • Resume (Undergraduate Students Only)
    C.V. with a list of publications (Graduate Students Only)
  • Two letters of recommendation that highlight your academic progress and engineering leadership potential
    • Letters of recommendation can be from a staff or faculty members. (Applies to both Undergraduate and Graduate Students)
    • For Ph.D. applicants' one recommendation letter must be from your advisor.
    • For Masters applicants' one recommendation letter must be from a faculty.
  • Video or in-person interview (to be arranged)

The selection process will include review of the submitted applications by the Gordon Center Advisory Board, a video interview, and a subsequent recommendation by the Advisory Board to the Gordon Center Director, who will make the final admissions decisions.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the following steps:

  1. Be a UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering student
  2. Apply to the Gordon Scholar Program
  3. Complete your Gordon Scholar Interview

Any additional general questions about the program or questions regarding your application submission email us at:

Completion of an Engineering degree is required to receive a leadership certificate.

Leadership Program Requirements

Leadership programs are spread out through the fall, winter, and spring quarters

Engineering Leadership Courses

ENG 100 B (Undergraduate Requirement) Introduction to theory and practice of team engineering, including temperament and work styles; stages of team development; project management; communication, problem-solving, and more .

ENG 211 (Graduate Requirement) This course is designed to teach leadership in teaching and learning at the college/university level. Students will learn through readings and thorough practical experience by developing course and project development plans.


LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Application Practice) are hands-on activity sessions where leadership is put into practice.

Requirements: 8 - 10 Sessions (2 hours each)

Challenge Project

Technical Project in which you take a leadership role providing value to an academic or private sponsor.

Requirements: Hours Vary – Must complete by week 10 of spring quarter

Seminars / Forums

Seminars focus on a particular topic and include a keynote presentation from an engineer leader. Forums highlight the individual journey of driven engineers who have emerged as technical leaders.

Requirements: 2 Per Year


Collaborative and tailored hands-on leadership training events that focus on a particular topic.

Requirements: 2 Per Year

Think Tanks

Panel discussions, networking, tutorials, innovation presentations, and workshops.

Required for Graduates
Optional for Undergraduates