Program Team

GEL combines the expertise of College of Engineering faculty and Professors of Practice who have decades of experience leading engineering teams.

  • Simon Pitts
    Simon Pitts
    Director

    As a senior executive within Ford Motor Company, Simon led cross-functional teams across three continents as Director of Product Development Operations for all Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo brands globally. Educated at Loughborough University in the UK and INSEAD in France, he most recently directed the Ford-MIT Research Alliance.

    “The correct combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes in a leader can transform the output of an engineering team by an order of magnitude. It elevates their capability in delivering performance quality, cost and timing to a level they would not think achievable.”

  • Steven McGonagle
    Steve McGonagle
    Professor, Engineering Leadership

    Colonel Mac held numerous leadership positions in his 23-year Army career, including a Deputy Director of Operations, US Pacific Command. A graduate of Norwich University and Florida Tech and a US Army Ranger, he served as Professor of Military Science at Providence College and Director of Operations at King Industries.

    “Lead and inspire people. Don't try to manage and manipulate people. Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.”

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    Dr. Stephen McKnight
    Professor, Scientific Foundations

    Stephen has been a professor at Northeastern since 1980 and currently teaches the Scientific Foundations of Engineering course. He received a BA from Oberlin and a Ph.D. from University of Maryland. He is also Education Leader of the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems.

    “Scientific fundamentals are the solid foundation of engineering intuition. They are a reliable guide to new and unfamiliar problems.”

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    Steven Klosterman
    Professor, Engineering Leadership

    Steve spent 25 years in the high technology and energy industries including roles as Product Line Director and Director of Engineering at Sun Microsystems and Senior Director at Satcon Technology. He holds a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati and an MS from MIT.

    “Team-building exercises outside the classroom embody Northeastern’s commitment to experiential learning and help students get to know each other better, learn from each other and build camaraderie.”

Al Kammerer
President, Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.

Al Kammerer is a Product Development professional with over 37 years of automotive experience. He has excellent leadership skills, having led teams of up to 3,000 employees and been part of an operating committee for a $60 billion revenue automotive business. Al is currently President of Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.

“Leading multi-discipline teams dealing with multiple technologies to deliver product programs on time and on cost with the highest possible quality requires engineers to develop their leadership skill set.”

Executives in Residence and Guest Lecturers

  • Al Kammerer
    President, Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.
  • Steve Ruggieri
    President, Dynasil Corporation of America
  • Admiral James Hogg
    Director of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group
  • Timothy Davis
    Henry Ford Technical Fellow for Quality Engineering at Ford Motor Company
  • James Noga
    Chief Information Officer, Partners HealthCare
  • Bill Vick
    Global Operations Development Manager at ABB PPMV
  • Rosemarie Dimarco
    Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator
  • Art Rousmaniere
    Engineering Manager, Farm Design, Inc.
  • Michael Bunis
    Partner, Chaote Hall & Stewart, LLP
Rick Moore
Medical Program Director, Gordon-CenSSIS

Rick is the Gordon-CenSSIS Medical Program Director and a GEL Mentor. During his accomplished career at Massachusetts General Hospital, his work has included leadership of the Breast Imaging Research laboratory with Dr. Daniel Kopans. Over 21 years, they built a robust research program, co-developing many imaging and non-imaging diagnostic and screening systems.

“US healthcare is ~18% of GDP, growing 15% yearly, causing 62% of bankruptcies. Harnessing NEU engineering and scientific creativity to reinvent it is viable. GEL has already focused 11 emerging leaders on problems from cervical and breast cancer through imaging with ER-mobile CT, to artificial eyeball-implanted video connected to the optic nerve. Leveraging US leadership to deploy an engineered healthcare system is the way out.”

Mentors

  • Michael Silevitch
    Director, Gordon-CenSSIS
  • Carey Rappaport
    Associate Director, Gordon-CenSSIS
  • Joanne Mistler
    Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Rick Moore
    Medical Program Director, Gordon-CenSSIS
  • Jennifer Love
    Associate Academic Specialist, College of Engineering
  • Ralf Birken
    Research Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • John Beaty
    Director of Technology Programs, Gordon-CenSSIS
  • Simon Pitts
    Director
  • Steve McGonagle
    Professor, Engineering Leadership
  • Steven Klosterman
    Professor, Engineering Leadership
Josh Simons
HPC Architect, VMware

With over 20 years of experience in High Performance Computing, Josh currently leads an effort at VMware to bring the full value of virtualization to HPC. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems with broad responsibilities for HPC direction and strategy. Visit his blog to learn more.

“For leaders in influence roles -- those without direct reports -- it is especially important to learn how to effect change within your organization and to build and maintain one's personal integrity and technical credibility. ”

Speakers

  • Bernard M. Gordon
    Chairman of NeuroLogica Corporation
  • Mark Russell
    VP of Engineering, Raytheon
  • Joanne Mistler
    Business Development Manager, Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Eric M. Bailey
    President/CEO/Founder of NeuroLogica Corporation
  • John Harker
    President, Matrix Inc.
  • Dr. David Weinberger
    Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
  • Josh Simons
    HPC Architect, VMware
  • Bryan Moser
    President and CEO, Global Product Design
  • Daniel Kopans
    Professor, Harvard Medical School and Sr. Radiologist, Breast Imaging, MGH
  • David Douglas
    Co-author of Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering
  • Scott Stropkay
    Founder, Essential Design
  • Nancy Riley
    Director of Product Management, EnerNOC
  • Judith Nitsch, PE, LEED AP
    Founding Principal and Chairman, Nitsch Engineering, Inc.
  • Edward Mack II
    President, Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Co.

Staff

  • Amy Manley
    Program Outreach Specialist
  • Marlys Vaughan
    Administrative Officer
  • Kristin Hicks
    Partnership & Education Services Coordinator
  • Deanna Beirne
    Director of Computer Services
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