Bernard M. Gordon
Engineer, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
“An engineering leader is the kind of person who takes the brilliant idea or invention, determines its worth, and carries it forward.”
– Bernard M. Gordon
Bernard M. Gordon is considered “the father of high-speed, analog-to-digital conversion,” the mastermind of extraordinary breakthroughs in signal translation, medical tomography, and other high-precision instrumentation.
Bernie founded three pioneering technology companies – Epsco Incorporated, Analogic Corporation, and NeuroLogica Corporation. He and his teams have been responsible for dozens of engineering achievements, securing many hundreds of patents worldwide.
For his profound contributions to his profession and society, Bernie received the National Medal of Technology from President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991.
Bernie’s impact on engineering education and use-inspired research at universities is similarly profound. He and his wife Sophia, through their establishment of the Gordon Foundation, have distributed more than $100 million since the early 1990s, much of it to train outstanding engineers and scientists and to support educational and medical initiatives.
In 2007, the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at Northeastern University was launched to identify and prepare the next generation of industry pioneers and leaders. This $20 million gift represents the single largest endowment in the history of Northeastern University.