Mission & Vision
Educating tomorrow's technology leaders is a key element of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering's mission.
In keeping with this mission, and generously supported with a gift from the Gordon Foundation, the Jacobs School established the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center in January 2009.
The mission of the Gordon Center is to educate and train effective engineering leaders who create new products and jobs that benefit society.
The Gordon Center offers an engineering leadership education and awards program for undergraduate, graduate and professional students with leadership potential.
The vision of the Gordon Center is to:
- Identify talented students with leadership potential through a competitive application and selection process to become Gordon Scholars. Gordon Scholars will complete a progressive education, training and practice program and will receive a Gordon Center certificate on completion of the program.
- Teach the principles, theory, attitudes and skill sets required to be an engineering leader through a defined set of courses and training opportunities at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.
- Require students to practice leadership skills by managing and executing a challenge technical project on time and to the customer's satisfaction.
- Expose students to the advice, experience and attitudes of proven engineering leaders through training events including workshops, leadership forums, and summer schools.
- Reward outstanding engineering leadership through the Gordon Engineering Leadership Awards.
- Measure success of and continuously improve the Center's programs by means of surveys and tracking the progress of students and alumni.