Our courses provide UC San Diego students with the knowledge, training and technical skills needed to bring innovative new products to life that benefit society.

As part of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center delivers a collection of advanced leadership courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

From medium size lecture classes to focused cohort experiences, these courses complement the existing engineering curricula by introducing a focus on aspects of engineering leadership, such as project management, team engineering, ethics and innovation within the corporate structure.

The Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering believes that leadership courses build on a student’s technical education to support them in solving the challenges of the 21st century and in creating maximum value for our world.

Courses Offered

ENG 100A: Team Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Ebonee Williams
Units: 2 Units
Academic Level: Undergraduate

Fall and Spring Quarter

Introduction to theory and practice of team engineering, including temperament and work styles; stages of team development; project management; communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills; creativity; leadership; social entrepreneurship; and ethics. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 100 and ENG 100A.

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of one of the following: DOC 2, CAT 2, HUM 2, MMW 2, MCWP 50, or WCWP 10B, or consent of instructor.


ENG 100B: Engineering Leadership

Instructor: Dr. Ebonee Williams
Units: 2 Units
Academic Level: Undergraduate

Winter and Spring Quarter

Engineering leadership attitudes, styles, principles, and approaches; stages of product development and evolution; strategic and critical thinking and problem solving for engineering projects; resource management; quality control; risk analysis and risk taking; engineering business economics, law, leadership and corporate ethics.

Departments across the Jacobs School of Engineering offer engineering leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation courses. Check the UC San Diego Course Catalog for details.


ENG 210: Systems Engineering Leadership

Instructor: Dr. Svetlana Eremenko
Units: 4 Units
Academic Level: Graduate

Fall and Spring Quarter

This course examines the complexity of integrating components of product engineering, marketing and client requirements into a single engineering system. Case studies explore successes and failures in engineered systems and how to detect and avoid potential failures using strong leadership skills, systemic analysis and thinking.

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing


ENG 211: Engineering Leadership in Academia

Instructor: Dr. Ebonee Williams
Units: 4 Units
Academic Level: Graduate

Winter Quarter

This course is designed to teach leadership in teaching and learning at the college/university level. Students will learn through readings on engineering leadership, proposal development, ethics, and cognitive science, and thorough practical experience writing and developing course and project development plans.

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing