In the News

2016 Graduation and Pinning Ceremony

August 18, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Gordon Fellows! The Faculty and Staff congratulates the new graduating class for all their hard work, dedication, and perseverance during this intense year as part of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program.

The Graduation and Pinning Ceremony was held on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Smith and Wollensky’s in Boston and recognized the accomplishments of 37 Gordon Fellows. The celebration included students, families and friends, guests, Faculty, Mentors, and Staff.

The Gordon Institute Director Simon Pitts launched the evening’s Ceremony. First, he thanked special guest Bernie Gordon for making the Engineering Leadership Program and the Institute a testament to his vision and dedication to improving Engineering Leadership education.

On Behalf of Northeastern University and the Gordon Institute team, Pitts proceeded to congratulating the Gordon Fellows on completing the Program.

“We have witnessed growth in all of you over the last year. Your world view has changed, you are more situationally aware, your attitude is different, your drive, determination, and effectiveness are all improved.”

A key component to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program is the Challenge Project. Pitts recognized the diversity of projects ranging from continuous improvements in bio tech manufacturing to the automation of drug development, to the new ways of communication with implanted devices and sensors in the body, to the optimization of headphone performance.

“The key similarity among all your Challenge Projects was that they were a vehicle to give you the opportunity to practice and master the knowledge, leadership skills, and attitudes that you have been exposed to over the last year at the Gordon Institute.”

Pitts then introduced the Graduation’s Special Guest and the Institute’s Benefactor, Bernie Gordon.

Bernie Gordon congratulated the graduating class and emphasized the impact their leadership capability will have, highlighting the need for engineering leadership by citing the high number of local companies that fail to deliver successful products to market.

The celebration then proceeded to the Pinning Ceremony followed by the Dinner Reception.




The 37 Gordon Fellows honored at the event included:

  • Greg Andrus
    Bose Corporation
    MS Engineering Management
  • Richard Barbera
    MS Engineering Management
  • Aaron Bickel
    MS BioTechnology
  • Andrew Clark
    MS Engineering Leadership
  • Patrick Crilly
    The MITRE Corporation
    MS Engineering Management
  • Heather Davis
    Raytheon IDS
    MS Engineering Management
  • Daniel Dumanis
    MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Matthew Goh
    Martino Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital
    MS Bioengineering
  • Timothy Granger
    Hebrew SeniorLife
    MS Bioengineering
  • Diego Haddad
    1366 Technologies
    MS Engineering Management
  • Patrick Hingston
    Olympus NDT
  • Adam Jacobs
    City of Boston
    MS Energy Systems
  • Matthew Lapointe 
    Spaulding Hospital
    MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Seth Lipkind
    Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
    MS Computer Systems Engineering
  • William Michalski
    Black and Veatch
    MS Civil Engineering
  • Mohammad Moghadamfalahi
    Northeastern University
    PhD Electrical Engineering
  • Andrew Musto
    Aurora Flight Sciences
    MS Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Obeahon Okaiwele
    EMC Corporation
    MS Engineering Management
  • Matthew Oliver
    Analog Devices, Inc.
    MS Electrical and Computer Engineering Leadership
  • Jonathan Oster
    Voxel 8
    MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Mario Peritore
    Axcelis Technologies
    MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Vilma Reyes
    Florida Power & Light
    MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Rachel Roberts
    Raytheon Company
    MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Colin Roddy
    Bose Corporation
    MS Mechanical Engineering
  • Daniel Ryan
    MS Engineering Management
  • Giuseppe Santagati
    PhD EE
    PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Erik Silva
    MS Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Gamze Sonbudak
    MS Civil Engineering
  • Jonathan Spicer
    Mckenzie Engineering
    MS Engineering Management
  • Parisa Taheri
    PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Sarah Valente
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    MS Operations Research
  • Matt Vetere
    A.W. Chesterton
    CERT Engineering Leadership
  • Craig Wilkinson
    CDW Consulting
    MS Civil Engineering
  • Adam Wimsatt
    EverySpace, Inc.
    MS Computer Systems Engineering
  • Ryan Yurewicz
    Beth Israel
    MS Engineering Management
  • Victoria Zeuner
    MS Chemical Engineering

The event marks the end to graduate studies for many Gordon Fellows who completed the coursework to earn both a Master of Science degree in their field of engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership.

For more photos of the special event, please visit and Like our Facebook page.

The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at Northeastern University is an intensive graduate program directed at building a future corps of engineering leadership professionals. For more information, visit

Request Info Apply Now Contact   

The National Academy of Engineering awarded the Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership the prestigious 2015 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.

Northeastern University

The Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

©2018 Northeastern University. All rights reserved.
Web Design by Jackrabbit