Program Team

The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) combines the expertise of College of Engineering faculty and Professors of Practice who have decades of experience leading engineering teams.

  • Simon Pitts
    Simon Pitts

    As a senior executive within Ford Motor Company, Simon led cross-functional teams across three continents as Director of Product Development Operations for all Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo brands globally. Educated at Loughborough University in the UK and INSEAD in France, he most recently directed the Ford-MIT Research Alliance. He is a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK (CEng, FIMechE.).

    “The correct combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes in a leader can transform the output of an engineering team by an order of magnitude. It elevates their capability in delivering performance quality, cost and timing to a level they would not think achievable.”

  • Steven McGonagle
    Steve McGonagle
    Professor, Engineering Leadership

    Colonel Mac held numerous leadership positions in his 23-year Army career, including a Deputy Director of Operations, US Pacific Command. A graduate of Norwich University and Florida Tech and a US Army Ranger, he served as Professor of Military Science at Providence College and Director of Operations at King Industries.

    “Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.”

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    Steven Klosterman
    Professor, Engineering Leadership

    Steve spent 25 years in the high technology and energy industries including roles as Product Line Director and Director of Engineering at Sun Microsystems and Senior Director at Satcon Technology. He holds a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati and an MS from MIT.

    “Team-building exercises outside the classroom embody Northeastern’s commitment to experiential learning and help students get to know each other better, learn from each other and build camaraderie.”

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    Dr. Christos Zahopoulos
    Professor, Scientific Foundations

    Christos received his PhD Degree in Physics from Northeastern University and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard. In 1988, he came back to Northeastern, where, in addition to doing research and teaching, he has founded the Center for STEM Education and has initiate and implemented many partnerships and programs, which have mostly focused on improving STEM Teaching and Learning.

    “Trying to innovate or solve engineering problems without understanding the fundamental laws of science is like throwing darts at a target in the dark.”


  • Michael Silevitch
    Director, Gordon-CenSSIS
  • Carey Rappaport
    Associate Director, Gordon-CenSSIS
  • Joanne Mistler
    Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Jennifer Love
    Associate Academic Specialist, College of Engineering
  • Ralf Birken
    Research Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • John Beaty
    Director of Technology Programs, Gordon-CenSSIS
  • Simon Pitts
  • Steve McGonagle
    Professor, Engineering Leadership
  • Steven Klosterman
    Professor, Engineering Leadership
  • Elise Sargent
    Independent Consultant, Elise Sargent Consulting
  • Harry Malkasian
    Director, Equipment Engineering at 1366 Technologies, Inc
Steve Ruggieri
Executive Consultant

Steve has more than 35 years of business leadership experience in the research, defense, security, and advanced technology/product markets working at Foster Miller and its successor company, Qinetiq North America where he was Chief Operating Officer. Steve is the former President of Dynasil and is a member of the Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston based angel investing group. A Northeastern graduate, Steve is an active lecturer and contributor to the Institute.

“Engineering leadership is more important than ever in today's challenging business environment. The reality is that 99% of all leadership occurs from the middle of an organization where engineers find themselves responsible for their employees, customers, peers and bosses.”

Executives in Residence and Guest Lecturers

  • Steve Ruggieri
    Executive Consultant
  • Al Kammerer
    President, Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.
  • Admiral James Hogg (Ret.)
    Director of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group
  • Timothy Davis
    Henry Ford Technical Fellow for Quality Engineering at Ford Motor Company
  • James Noga
    Chief Information Officer, Partners HealthCare
  • Bill Vick
    Global Operations Development Manager at ABB PPMV
  • Art Rousmaniere
    Engineering Manager, Farm Design, Inc.
  • Michael Bunis
    Partner, Chaote Hall & Stewart, LLP
  • Jill Wittels
    Chair of the Board at eMagin Corporation (EMAN), and CEO of Sostenuto Strategic Advisors
  • Rosemarie Dimarco
Josh Simons
HPC Architect, VMware

With over 20 years of experience in High Performance Computing, Josh currently leads an effort at VMware to bring the full value of virtualization to HPC. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems with broad responsibilities for HPC direction and strategy.

“For leaders in influence roles -- those without direct reports -- it is especially important to learn how to effect change within your organization and to build and maintain one's personal integrity and technical credibility. ”


  • Bernard M. Gordon
    Former Chairman of NeuroLogica Corporation, Founder of Analogic Corporation, Chairman of PhotoDiagnostic Systems
  • Mark Russell
    VP of Engineering, Raytheon
  • Joanne Mistler
    Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Eric M. Bailey
    President/CEO/Founder of NeuroLogica Corporation
  • John Harker
    President, Matrix Inc.
  • Josh Simons
    HPC Architect, VMware
  • Bryan Moser
    President and CEO, Global Product Design
  • Daniel Kopans
    Professor, Harvard Medical School and Sr. Radiologist, Breast Imaging, MGH
  • David Douglas
    Co-author of Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering
  • Scott Stropkay
    Founder, Essential Design
  • Nancy Riley
    Director of Product Management, EnerNOC
  • Judith Nitsch, PE, LEED AP
    Founding Principal and Chairman, Nitsch Engineering, Inc.
  • Edward Mack II
    President, Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Co.


  • Amy Manley
    Director, Admissions and Marketing
  • Angie Osborn
    Marketing Specialist
  • Marlys Vaughan
    Administrative Officer
  • Kristin Hicks
    Partnership & Education Services Coordinator
  • Deanna Beirne
    Director of Computer Services
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