Support MIT Engineering: Programs

The School of Engineering offers a remarkable range and depth of collaborative opportunities. Drawing on the School’s endless supply of knowledge, energy, and talent, these programs will map the future of education, engagement, and research in every field of engineering. Some examples include:

Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

This innovative program provides an integrated set of leadership-oriented, hands-on engineering activities. Designed to develop outstanding MIT students as future leaders in the world of engineering practice. Launched through a $20 million pledge by the Gordon Foundation—the largest ever made to MIT’s School of Engineering for curriculum development—the initiative has an ongoing commitment to raise $20 million in matching funds in order to realize the full program.

Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

The Deshpande Center was established in the School of Engineering in 2002 to increase the impact of MIT technologies in the marketplace. Founded with an initial donation by Jaishree and Desh Deshpande, the Center depends on the financial and professional support of successful alumni, entrepreneurs, and investors to provide a sustainable source of funding for innovative research, and guidance to help it reach the marketplace.

Office of Engineering Outreach Programs

The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) in the School of Engineering runs several academic enrichment programs for middle and high school students. These programs include: Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES), Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Program, all of which encourage traditionally underrepresented and underserved students to pursue science and engineering majors at top colleges and universities, including MIT. Through the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations, these programs have already affected the lives of thousands of students locally and nationally, but more remains to be done.

Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) is a full-year cocurricular program that prepares sophomores to thrive in the world of work. The UPOP curriculum emphasizes two tracks: engineering effectiveness and active career design. Hands-on exercises in engineering specification, project engineering, negotiation, agile engineering, and ethical implications of engineering decisions, expose students to key success factors for professional engineering. Coached practice in networking, business communication and "personal branding" (reputation building) helps students take active control of their careers as early as two years before they graduate.