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Gordon Engineering Leadership Center Established

Bernard Gordon (Chairman of NeuroLogica in Danvers, MA) and his wife Sophia provided a $2.5 million gift to establish the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the Jacobs School. Gordon is known as the father of analog to digital conversion and his many innovations include the instant imaging CT scanner and fetal monitor.
Bernard Gordon (Chairman of NeuroLogica in Danvers, MA) and his wife Sophia provided a $2.5 million gift to establish the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the Jacobs School. Gordon is known as the father of analog to digital conversion and his many innovations include the instant imaging CT scanner and fetal monitor.

Engineering leadership today is more important than ever to ensure the United States remains at the forefront of technological innovation. Now the Jacobs School will help meet this challenge through the new Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center.

"Although many universities touch on leadership in the engineering curricula, few have a focused program to cultivate future engineering leaders," says Dean Frieder Seible, who served as selection committee chair of the National Academy of Engineering's Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. "The Gordon Center will allow us to identify students who have demonstrated engineering leadership, and offer them challenges and opportunities to help reach their potential."

Center Director Ingolf Krueger says the Gordon Center plans to offer a leadership course series, as well as forums by engineering leaders in industry, military and academia. "We are focusing on ethics, management and team leadership, end-to-end project planning and execution to meet societal needs, and assessing the potential impact of new technologies," says Krueger.

While the courses will be open to all Jacobs School students, the Gordon Center will select 30 students per year to become Gordon Scholars. Scholars will complete courses, workshops, and a challenge engineering project. In addition, the Gordon Center will present awards for exceptional engineering leadership at the high school, college and professional levels.

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