Gordon Fellow 2009
MS Mechanical Engineering 2010


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Mechanical Engineer

Undergraduate School

Northeastern University

Undergraduate Major

Mechanical Engineering

When Danielle Doane graduated from Northeastern with her BS in Mechanical Engineering, she already knew that graduate school would be in her future.

“I had heard about the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program from a friend,” says Danielle.  “They encouraged me to come in and talk about it, and it ended up being a fantastic fit.”

With support from the GEL cadre, Danielle began the process of identifying an industry-focused Challenge Project, a critical element of the GEL curriculum.  She ultimately embarked on a project in conjunction with Northeastern’s Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems.  The project also involved collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital.

For Danielle, it seemed like the right choice.

“I had gained medical device experience and knowledge of the regulatory process through my undergraduate co-ops at Northeastern,” say Danielle.  “That made me a good fit to work with these organizations to advance their technology.”

For her Challenge Project, Danielle led a proof-of-concept project to automate the screening of oral and cervical cells for cancer. It proved to be a worthwhile challenge.

“Hands down, the most valuable part of the curriculum was the Challenge Project,” says Danielle.  “It really pushed me.  I had to learn a new technology, get up to speed on all the research, and produce something that was outside my area of expertise.”

Throughout the program, Danielle received guidance and support from Gordon Mentors Rick Moore, Phil Cheney, and John Beaty.  Danielle also credits the GEL cadre with helping her secure employment after the program ended.

“The GEL staff were huge advocates for me and provided great references,” recalls Danielle.  “I had one interview and one job offer, and that’s all it takes.”

Today, Danielle is a Mechanical Engineer in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.  She believes becoming a Gordon Fellow has had a positive impact on her career.

“The Gordon Program accelerated the development of my leadership, organizational, and technical skills,” says Danielle.  “My ability to successfully lead large projects that historically have been assigned to engineers with many more years of experience has been recognized by my peers and senior management.”

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