GEL Celebrates Class of 2012

The 2012 Gordon Fellows gathered for a Graduation Dinner and Pinning Ceremony to mark their successful completion of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program.  The celebration included 26 Gordon Fellows, GEL benefactors Bernie and Sophia Gordon, as well as program faculty and staff.

During his introductory remarks, GEL Director Simon Pitts reflected on the significant growth displayed by the Fellows over the course of the yearlong curriculum.

“The program began with a discussion of 14 core engineering leadership capabilities,” recalled Pitts,  “and turned into a transformational experience in your development as engineers and leaders. ”

Bernie Gordon addressed the Fellows prior to awarding their pins and certificates.  In his speech, he challenged the Fellows to prove the value of their engineering leadership education as they move forward in their careers.

Gordon Fellows honored at the event included:

  • Lauren Brown (FDA Winchester Engineering & Analytical Center)
  • Kristy Casella (Textron Defense Systems)
  • Shawn Cousins (EMC Corporation)
  • William Davidson (Analogic Corporation)
  • Grant Eastman (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research)
  • Morgan Galaznik (Instron)
  • Justin Gravois (Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems)
  • Sheldon Greene (Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems)
  • Adriana Gutierrez (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center)
  • Jason Harland (EMC Corporation)
  • Joshua Herzig (Lockheed Martin)
  • Lane Howitt (Analogic Corporation)
  • Bradley Jaworski (Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems)
  • Patrick Karalekas (Free Flow Power)
  • Edward Krouse (Bose Corporation)
  • Philip Maio (Raytheon Network Centric Systems)
  • Harry Malkasian (Bose Corporation)
  • Spiros Mantzavinos (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats – ALERT)
  • Jesse Ollove (GE Aviation)
  • Frank Sanchez (Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems)
  • Chance Tara (Concepts NREC)
  • Kelly Vaden (The Cadmus Group Inc.)
  • Joseph Vitale (Textron Defense Systems)
  • Jacob Warren (QinetiQ North America)
  • Daniel Wells (Entegris)
  • Bo Zhou (Entegris)

The celebration served as the official end to graduate studies for many Gordon Fellows who completed coursework to earn both their Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership and a Master of Science degree in their engineering discipline.  Others will continue to take courses to complete their Master of Science degrees in a future semester.

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The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at Northeastern University is an intensive graduate program directed at building a future corps of engineering leadership professionals. For more information, visit

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