The Gordon Undergraduate Engineering Leadership Program (GUEL)

The Gordon Undergraduate Engineering Leadership Program (GUEL) is an undergraduate subset of the graduate-level Gordon Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) at Northeastern University.

The primary objective of GUEL is to enhance the value of Northeastern’s world-renowned cooperative education (co-op) program by offering a supplementary curriculum that makes engineering leadership development a focus of the co-op experience.

As a secondary objective, GUEL naturally establishes a pipeline of burgeoning engineering leaders who become prime candidates to enter the graduate-level Gordon Program after they complete their undergraduate studies at Northeastern and spend time working in industry.

During their undergraduate studies, engineering students complete up to three six-month co-ops, working for any of Northeastern’s more than 2,700 co-op employers.  To ensure the greatest potential for leadership growth, students are invited to participate in GUEL during their second or third co-op experience.  The program includes a series of engineering leadership development activities focused on developing leadership skills, engaging in more meaningful interactions with their supervisors, and taking active roles in shaping their overall co-op experiences.

How it Works

Boot Camp

At the beginning of their second or third co-op position, students self select to participate in a two-part engineering leadership boot camp.

In the first session, students complete a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which awakens their curiosity about their own leadership styles and tendencies.  In the second session, faculty members introduce engineering leadership in the context of personal leadership styles, power and influence, and situational leadership.


In the months that follow, interested participants complete a series of five self-directed modules intended to heighten opportunities for learning, growth, and interaction within their co-op organization.  Upon completion of each module, students submit their work to program faculty members for review and feedback.

The modules include:

  • Module 1 – Leadership in your Organization
  • Module 2 – Leadership Characteristics
  • Module 3 – Developing Project Management Skills
  • Module 4 – Challenge to Enhance Leadership Skills
  • Module 5 – Report out on your Accomplishments


Upon completion of the modules, students reflect on their development and accomplishments as part of a formal presentation to program faculty.  Successful participants receive a GUEL Certificate of Completion.

Learn More

To learn more about GUEL or find out how you can participate in an upcoming boot camp, please email gordonleadership@northeastern.edu.

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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.

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