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Tufts Gordon Institute Forms Industry Advisory Council

Technology leaders illuminate global need for engineering leadership

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Tufts Gordon Institute has formed an Industry Advisory Council (IAC) to serve as a forum for communication between the Institute and the technology industry. Comprised of senior leaders from a variety of companies and organizations, the advisory council will enable members to foster engineering leadership as well as provide guidance on the continued evolution of Tufts Gordon Institute’s flagship M.S. in Engineering Management (MSEM) program.

“The mission of our MSEM program is to prepare engineers, scientists and technical professionals to think strategically and develop ideas that will have a broader impact on the world,” said Rob Hannemann, director of Tufts Gordon Institute. “This council will not only provide us with an opportunity to better understand industry needs, it will help us advocate the critical need for engineering leaders who can address today’s pressing challenges and invigorate the innovation economy.”

“Leadership and business skills coupled with an engineering or science background is a powerful combination for companies seeking competitive solutions,” said John Dowdle, IAC member and vice president of engineering at Draper Laboratory. “Participating in this advisory committee is one way for industry to invest in the future of technically-savvy individuals.”

Members of the council will consult with Tufts Gordon Institute on issues including:

  • Continued improvements to the M.S. in Engineering Management curriculum.
  • Developing new campus-based and executive education programs, workshops and seminars.
  • Advancing engineering leadership outreach to individuals working in technology and science fields.

Committee members include:

Richard Byrne, Sr. VP and GM, Command and Control Center, The MITRE Corporation

Chesley Chen, Executive Vice President, Good Measures, LLC

John Dowdle, Vice President, Engineering, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

Steven Eppinger, General Motors LGO Professor of Management, Professor of Management Science and Innovation, Professor of Engineering Systems, Co-Director, SDM Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management

Christopher George, VP Manufacturing, Axcelis Technologies

David Gray, Chief Strategy Officer, GT Advanced Technologies

Daniel Hastings, Professor of Engineering Systems and Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dean for Undergraduate Education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Carl Long, Continuous Improvement Manager, Cabot Corporation

Michael McGee, Corporate Director, R&D, Nypro, Inc.

Thomas Mooney, Principal Engineer, Advanced Technology Operations, Advanced Technology and Preliminary Design, GE Aviation

Stan Reiss, General Partner, Matrix Partners

Mark Russell, Corporate Vice President, Engineering, Technology & Mission Assurance, Raytheon Company

Ram Shenoy, Vice President of Research, Schlumberger-Doll Research Center

David Thompson, P.E., CEO and Chairman of the Board (retired), Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

Melanie Turieo, Group Leader/Principal – Human Factors Engineering, Cambridge Consultants

Matthew Walker, Vice President, Operations, Pfizer Global Supply Chain

Tufts Gordon Institute, a nationally recognized center within the School of Engineering, focuses on engineering leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship to help graduate and undergraduate students develop the tools they need to advance their careers, inspire teams, and bring innovative products to market. Founded in 1984 by Dr. Bernard Gordon, the Gordon Institute has since become part of Tufts University.

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