• 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

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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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