The Gordon Engi­neering Lead­er­ship pro­grams at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nology recently cohosted a con­fer­ence with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sim­ilar pro­grams at eight insti­tu­tions across North America to share best prac­tices and dis­cover new, inno­v­a­tive ways to take the stu­dent expe­ri­ence to the next level.

Northeastern’s grad­uate pro­gram in engi­neering lead­er­ship aims to build a future corps of pro­fes­sionals who are pre­pared to take lead­er­ship roles in their orga­ni­za­tions. Through an immer­sive learning expe­ri­ence, the pro­gram cre­ates engi­neering leaders who dis­tin­guish them­selves with their abil­i­ties, char­acter, self-​​esteem, ambi­tion and tech­nical education.

Simon Pitts, who directs the ini­tia­tive at North­eastern, said the pro­gram has blos­somed in the first four years, and helped stu­dents achieve a high level of per­sonal growth.

As a group of 10 schools at this con­fer­ence, we feel this is a very new and vital domain to build nation­ally,” Pitts said. “The advan­tage we have here at North­eastern, with 100 years of expe­ri­en­tial learning and co-​​op, is that we’re already very tightly aligned with the needs of industry. So we can really help lead the other schools that are just starting in this field.”

Hear more from the Gordon stu­dent leaders in the video below: