The Galante Engineering Business Program was initiated in 2007. Thanks to a generous gift from Ed Galante, a Northeastern Civil Engineering alumnus, former Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation and a member of the University Board of Trustees. The Galante Program’s mission is to provide engineering students with critical leadership and entrepreneurial skills that they can apply across a variety of career options. Galante Fellows, as the students are known, pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering combined with a Master of Science in one of several degree options. The coursework completed leads to a Certificate in Engineering Business, and also makes them eligible to receive advanced standing in an MBA program at Northeastern. The co-curricular Galante Program offerings include professional development opportunities via workshops, seminars, and outings, combined with individualized professional development plans to complement their coursework. Through these elements, Fellows graduate with a more fully developed business sense and skills necessary to pursue industry leadership positions.
Edward G. Galante
Edward Galante graduated from Northeastern University in 1973, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He joined his co-op employer, ExxonMobil, upon the completion of his course work and remained with the company for 34 years. He retired in 2006. While at ExxonMobil, Ed held a variety of positions in domestic and international business, ultimately rising to the position of Senior Vice President and member of the company’s four-person Management Committee. His principal responsibilities in this role included the worldwide Downstream business: Refining & Supply, Fuels Marketing, Lubricants & Specialties, and Research& Engineering. Ed oversaw 45 refineries worldwide, marketing, and sales activities in nearly 200 countries and territories, and a research budget of several hundred million dollars. He was also responsible for corporate staff functions including Public Affairs and Environmental, Health, and Safety activities. Ed Galante now serves on the NEU Board of trustees and occasionally attends Galante events when he is on campus.