Dr. M. Mack Gilkeson

Title
Professor of Engineering Emeritus
Organization
Harvey Mudd College
Dr. M. Mack Gilkeson
Biography

M. Mack Gilkeson is the co-inventor and co-founder of the Clinic program, a hands-on approach to teaching engineering in which small teams of students are given real-life design problems to solve from industry partners. 

The program was controversial at its outset because this approach defied conventional wisdom and went very much counter to the then-prevailing thinking about engineering curricula. 

Thus, while the Clinic program initially faced concerns, even some internally, Gilkeson and his colleagues proved it could work and it became a model for many other institutions. Gilkeson is Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Harvey Mudd College.

NAE Awards Winner
  • Gordon
  • 2012
  • Creating and disseminating innovations in undergraduate engineering design education to develop engineering leaders.