Bernard Gordon Professor of the Practice, EECS
Director, Bernard Gordon – MIT Engineering Leadership Program
Professor Schindall re-joined the MIT faculty in June of 2002 after a 35 year career in the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries. His research includes the invention and development of a nanotube-enhanced ultracapacitor, which holds the promise of being superior to electrochemical batteries as a means of efficient regenerative electrical energy storage. He has co-developed and taught a required senior course in communication skills, including units on conceptual thinking, giving presentations, how to be effective in industry, cross-cultural skills, and engineering ethics, and he co-teaches a course in engineering innovation and design. As director of the Bernard M. Gordon – MIT Engineering Leadership Program, Dr. Schindall is actively engaged in helping undergraduates develop the design thinking and engineering leadership skills that are a prerequisite for entrepreneurial and industry success.
Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Schindall was VP and Chief Technology Officer of Loral Space and Communications (a manufacturer and operator of commercial satellites), Sr. VP and Chief Engineer for Globalstar (a 48 satellite LEO mobile phone system), and President of Loral Conic (a manufacturer of telemetry systems for missiles and satellites).
Dr. Schindall received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1963, 1964 and 1967. During his graduate years he was lecturer and wrote the text for a 140 student introductory electronics course. He received an award for excellence in teaching, and in his spare time he was chief engineer for WBCN, a commercial FM radio station.