Concepts NREC


Program Manager


Concepts NREC is the world's leading independent, full-service turbomachinery design and development organization.

In 2010, Frank DiBella of Concepts NREC sponsored his first Challenge Project for the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program.  His Candidate, Laura Miklos, designed a portable, high efficiency renewable energy system in response to a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solicitation from the United States Navy.

DiBella recognizes the importance of preparing the next generation of engineering leaders.

“In this day and age, engineers can’t just wait to have a problem presented to them for solving,” says DiBella.  “They have to have the ability to find the problem that needs to be solved.  The only way you can do that is to take on the role of a leader, and in this global economy, that’s what will keep you employed.”

Prior to Laura’s graduation from the Gordon Program in August 2010, DiBella had already selected another Candidate to pursue a project on behalf of Concepts NREC.

“I’m always amazed at how much you can learn.  I tend to learn maybe more than even the student will learn,” says DiBella.  “That’s always the challenge, and that’s the interesting thing for me.  These are real-world engineering problems that have to be solved without a solution in the back of a book.”

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