The Gordon Center will offer multiple pathways to participate in its programs and activities through its high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional education programs, as well as via engineering leadership research, awards and networking opportunities. It is the goal of the Gordon Center to identify and develop engineering leaders throughout all educational levels through a consistent set of curricular and project offerings:
- High School Students (grades 9 through 12) can participate in the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) program at UC San Diego to receive a month long on-campus engineering, math, and science experience during the summer.
- Undergraduate Students will have access to novel courses on engineering leadership (specifically, leadership and project management, and an interdisciplinary design project) provided through the Gordon Center. They will also have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and connect with local community and industrial leaders.
- Graduate Students will have access to novel and existing courses on engineering leadership (specifically, engineering leadership in academia, and systems engineering leadership, venture mechanics, enterprise dynamics and applied innovations) provided through the Gordon Center. They will also have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and connect with local community and industrial leaders.
- Professionals in one of the Jacobs School of Engineering's professional certificate or degree programs, such as the Architecture-Based Enterprise Systems Engineering (AESE) program, incorporating engineering leadership in their core curriculum.
The Gordon Center thus creates a novel and unique end-to-end offering of leadership education and training covering all educational levels and career stages.
Furthermore, the Gordon Center will identify and recognize outstanding leaders at each of these levels as Gordon Scholars and Gordon Fellows.
Students who distinguish themselves as leaders may apply via a rigorous selection process to become Gordon Scholars. Gordon Scholars will then be eligible for additional education and training via specific courses, leadership workshops and forums, and summer schools. Both undergraduate and graduate students will demonstrate their leadership skills in dedicated challenge product development projects. These projects are a core part of the Gordon Center program.
At the time of their graduation, Gordon Scholars in good standing will receive a Gordon Engineering Leadership Certificate.
The Gordon Center will provide a forum for engineering and academic leaders to participate in Gordon Center activities by mentoring and sharing their knowledge and experience with Gordon Scholars. In addition, Gordon Center Alumni will become part of a network that will participate via events and surveys to monitor, measure, and continuously improve the effectiveness of the Gordon Center.
Through the Gordon Engineering Leadership Awards program, outstanding Gordon Scholars, as well as outstanding industrial/government/military and academic leaders will be recognized as Gordon Fellows.
As a future area of expansion for the Gordon Center we envision the field of Engineering Leadership Research and Education Development. This area will seek to foster interdisciplinary research focused on the effective implementation and execution of engineering leadership, as well as on initiatives to further the development of engineering leadership curricula.