Dr. M. Mack Gilkeson
Dr. M. Mack Gilkeson Gordon Award
Professor of Engineering Emeritus, Harvey Mudd College
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Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
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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.

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