Gordon Center offers Think Tanks covering advanced engineering and leadership topics for undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals.

At the heart of the Engineering Leadership Programs is the Gordon Center engineering leadership education and training program for Gordon Scholars. This program is a comprehensive, clearly defined pathway for students to develop into engineering leaders.

The Gordon Center also offers opportunities to engineering students and professionals not part of the Gordon Scholars program who wish to develop their leadership skills. This includes courses, leadership forums, workshops, trainings, engineering leadership awards and the Think Tank.

Each leadership program offers a unique engagement to the values, attitudes and skills needed to address engineering problems and enable engineering leaders to be the best version of a leader that they can be.

Read more about each individual program below.

Leadership Programs

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Gordon Scholars Program View Details

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The Gordon Scholars program consists of candidates with clear leadership potential. Through the Gordon Scholars program, these students are immersed in hands-on technical leadership courses, workshops, forums, one-on-one mentoring, networking events, and the think tank throughout the year to further their engineering leadership capabilities. Additionally, scholars are required to manage their own challenge project in order to demonstrate the engineering leadership skills they have learned. At the time of their graduation, Gordon Scholars in good standing will receive a Gordon Engineering Leadership Certificate, and will join the Gordon Alumni SEALS.

Open only to students’ attending the Jacobs School of Engineering and engineering related departments. Students must apply and be selected.

Courses View Details

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The courses offered at the undergraduate and graduate level complement existing engineering curricula by introducing a focus on engineering leadership aspects. Novel courses on engineering leadership will complement and refine existing and emerging offerings on project management, team engineering, ethics and innovation within the corporate structure.

Open to all students enrolled at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

Leadership Forums View Details

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Leadership Forums highlight the individual journey of driven engineers who have emerged as technical leaders, sharing their stories including their decisions, success, and lessons along the way. Forums expose students as well as the local engineering community to engineering leaders who have achieved exciting developments in engineering.

Open to all students enrolled at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, the local community and the engineering community.

Leadership Workshops View Details

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The Gordon Center host multiple Engineering Leadership Workshops each year to complement the activities of the Jacobs School's project-based engineering programs. The objective of the workshops will be to provide intensive and tailored training and mentoring to Gordon Scholars within the context of their Gordon Center activities, and to expose the general campus population to the activities and programs of the Gordon Center.

Exclusive to the Gordon Scholars Program.

Challenge Project View Details

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Both undergraduate and graduate Gordon Scholars will demonstrate their leadership skills through a dedicated technical challenge project that meets the leadership challenges set by the Gordon Center, as well as builds students individual skillsets that they wish to develop. The challenge project is a core part of the Gordon Scholars program. Through this real time experience candidates directly apply the skillsets learned through the Gordon Scholars program to lead a technical project that consists of three or more individuals on a team. The Challenge project focuses on product, process development and delivery.

Candidates must meet three primary requirements:

  • Leadership
  • Market Value
  • Technology/Engineering Depth

Upon completion, students will write a formal reflection report that describes the project, results and status. At the time of their graduation, Gordon Scholars in good standing will receive a Gordon Engineering Leadership Certificate, and will join the Gordon Alumni SEALS.

Exclusive to the Gordon Scholars Program. If interested in being part of a team please contact the Gordon Center.

One-On-One Mentoring View Details

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Personalized mentoring for students who need specific leadership support or support on a technical project.

Office hours open to all Jacobs School of Engineering students and exclusive to the Gordon Scholars Program. Mentoring includes meeting with staff, faculty and industry professionals.

Networking Events View Details

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The Gordon Center hosts quarterly networking events for Gordon Scholars that consist of students, alumni, faculty and industry engineering leaders. These networking events provide opportunities to meet new people, exchange information, acquire peer knowledge, develop new perspectives and ideas, and much more.

Exclusive to the Gordon Scholars Program.

Think Tank View Details

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Gordon Center offers Think Tanks covering advanced engineering and leadership topics for graduate students and professionals. This collaborative environment is intended to solve a current world challenge using engineering. The goal is to expose students to industry thinkers, innovators and change-makers in engineering. The Think Tanks offers unique opportunities to learn something new, network with professionals and interact with other fellow engineers. Learn More »

Open to all students enrolled at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and industry professionals.

Engineering Leadership Awards View Details

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The Gordon Center presents annual awards to recognize outstanding individuals at the professional, graduate, undergraduate, and high school level who have demonstrated leadership with service through engineering innovation.

Open to all Jacobs School of Engineering undergraduate, graduate students and industry professionals who have demonstrated engineering leadership. High school awards are exclusive to Cosmos.