• Gordon Engineering Leaders pose outside of their quinzee shelter. This is one of the team-building exercises that took place during their short course, "Project Engineering," from Jan. 27-30 at Camp Cody, N.H.

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Engineering leadership skills: sometimes a matter of life and death

Gordon Engineering Leaders team up to build quinzee shelter during 'project engineering' course.

During "Project Engineering" (ESD.052) — a three-day immersion in the skills necessary to deliver products on time, on budget and to specifications — 22 Gordon Engineering Leaders (GELs) learned how to use what they learned outside the classroom.

Working over two days at Camp Cody, N.H., in single-digit average temperatures, the GELs unplanned team-building activity — constructing a quinzee shelter — reinforced the notion that sometimes, having strong engineering leadership skills can mean the difference between life and death.

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Topics: Engineering leadership education, Leadership, Special events and guest speakers


This short subject was taught by Professor Oli DeWeck. To apply to the first year of the Gordon Engineering Leadership program, visit http://web.mit.edu/gordonelp
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