Bernie Gordon, H’07, wanted to make one thing clear: that the high-​​tech, glowing archway between the Egan Research Center and the Snell Engi­neering building wasn’t his idea.

But, he said, he’d be beyond grateful if the arch, erected as a tribute to his gen­erous lead­er­ship and ser­vice to North­eastern, inspires stu­dents to pursue suc­cessful careers as engineers.

The idea for the archway — named the Bernard M. Gordon Tribute to Engi­neering Lead­er­ship — emerged from the “thought that it would be nice to have some­thing on the campus here that could convey to the stu­dents that it’s pos­sible to make a living without going to New York to be a finan­cial guy or being a bas­ket­ball player,” Gordon said.

A little mon­u­ment to engi­neers who did at least as well as some of those people who went down to New York might be inspiring to some of those stu­dents who want to become famous in a hurry,” he added.

Gordon, an engi­neer, inventor, entre­pre­neur and phil­an­thropist, is con­sid­ered to be the “father of the high-​​speed, analog-​​to-​​digital con­ver­sion.” He is the bene­factor of Northeastern’s Gordon Engi­neering Lead­er­ship Pro­gram, which enables stu­dents to earn a master of sci­ence in an engi­neering dis­ci­pline of their choice, such as mechan­ical engi­neering, energy sys­tems or engi­neering man­age­ment, and a grad­uate cer­tifi­cate in engi­neering leadership.

We learn the dif­fer­ence between man­age­ment and lead­er­ship,” said Spiros Mantza­vinos, a juniorelec­trical engi­neering major and a can­di­date for the Gordon Fel­low­ship. “You manage a project, but you lead people.”

North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun praised Gordon for his legacy of lead­er­ship in the engi­neering field.

Bernie believes that you cannot create leaders, but what you can do is give people who have lead­er­ship poten­tial the oppor­tu­nity to blossom and be great,” Aoun said. “Today we are hon­oring some of the leaders that both Bernie and we con­sider to be trans­for­ma­tional at all levels.

Frankly,” he added, “that’s how our nation remains com­pet­i­tive and in a lead­er­ship posi­tion worldwide.”