Inspiring Young Innovators: An Interview with Betty Gronneberg

August 7, 2017
Hosted by David E. Goldberg

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In this episode, host Dave Goldberg is joined by Betty Gronneberg, founder of uCodeGirl, a non-profit organization that offers a pathway to technology careers for teen girls by tapping into their curiosity, skills and potential. With various enrichment programs and STEM mentorship initiative, uCodeGirl makes technology interesting, relevant and age-appropriate. Also, as a recipient of the prestigious Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, Betty is challenged to continuously think big and think different to be an authentic agent of change. Join Betty and Dave as they explore how to inspire girls to innovate and lead in STEM fields and delve into the importance of connecting with people and listening to their stories in order to bring about change.

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David E. Goldberg

David E. Goldberg

David E. Goldberg is a speaker, author, strategist, trainer, and coach for transforming higher education. Toward the end of a 27-year distinguished academic career in which Dave achieved renown for his path-breaking work on artificial intelligence, he founded the iFoundry incubator for educational change at the University of Illinois. iFoundry’s success in unleashing students was so startling, that in 2010, Dave resigned his tenure and a distinguished professorship to start ThreeJoy Associates, a change consulting, training and coaching firm for transforming higher education. Work at Illinois, Olin College, NUS (Singapore), UFMG (Brazil), and other innovators led to the development of the SmoothChange method for transforming higher education, featuring rapid innovation and respect for faculty governance.

In 2012, Dave founded Big Beacon as a non-profit organization for transforming higher education. Today, Big Beacon gathers students, innovators, and employers together to learn from each other and to advocate for transforming higher education. In 2014, he co-authored the groundbreaking book, “A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education,” available in hardcover and major e-book formats.

Dave maintains an active correspondence with many of the world’s top thought leaders in educational and organizational change. He is constantly on the lookout for new ideas, thinkers, and practices that lead to success in transforming higher education.

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Mark Abbott currently serves as the Engineering Leadership portfolio manager at Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) and as the “Animator” of the Engineering Change Lab, which is a platform for collaboration to allow individuals and organizations from across the profession in Canada to take action to address the systemic challenges (i.e. ethics failures, lack of diversity, and low levels of innovation) that have been holding back the profession’s full potential. The core Lab Team consists of 40 senior leaders (CEOs, VPs, Deans, Directors) each representing different organizations from across the profession. Previously Mark served as a member of the Executive Team at EWB for several years. Before that, he spent fourteen years helping grow a mid-sized heavy industrial consulting engineering firm. Mark lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife Colette and their son Felix. View Guest page

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John Abele


John Abele, founding chairman, retired, of Boston Scientific Corporation, is a pioneer and leader in the disruptive field of less-invasive medicine. For more than four decades, he has devoted himself to innovation in healthcare, business, and solving social problems through collaboration. John holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on how new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. Major interests include science and education for children. John is the founder of The Kingbridge Centre and Institute whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing, problem solving, conflict resolution, and strategic planning. View Guest page

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Jonathan Adler


Jonathan Adler is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Olin College of Engineering. His research focuses on identity development in adulthood and the relationships between identity and psychological well-being. He is especially interested in the way we craft the story of our lives and how those stories do and do not support our mental health. Adler also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality and as Chief Scientific Officer of Health Story Collaborative, a non-profit organization that helps medical patients tell the story of their experiences with illness and healing. Adler’s work has been covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, Scientific American, Business Insider, and many other outlets. View Guest page

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Rashid Al-Heidous


Rashid Al-Heidous is a current Chemical engineering student at TEXAS A&M Qatar campus. He graduated from Tariq Bin Zyad high school -a government school- as the second best in the country. He is working with Qatar Foundation in the research and development department aside from his studies. View Guest page

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Kim Allen

Kim Allen is the chief executive officer of Engineers Canada, the national organization of organizations that regulate Canada’s 280,000 engineers. Engineers Canada provides national and leadership & support to promote & maintain the integrity, honour, interests & excellence of the profession. It also accredits the engineering programs at Canada’s 44 engineering schools. With more than 25 years of accomplishment as a chief executive in the public, private & association sectors, Mr. Allen implements winning strategies for the success of the engineering profession and the promotion of the competency, integrity and public accountability of engineers. He also serves as an advisor to government related on matters related to engineering and regulation. Mr. Allen currently sits on a number of boards and advisory committees. He is an electrical engineering graduate from University of Ottawa & holds a master of business administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman Business School. View Guest page

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Kristin Armstrong


Kristin Armstrong is the Executive Director at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, a community-based art center located along Michigan's art coast. The SCA is a "catalyst and convener" for the West Michigan community, serving up innovative, creative educational programs for children & adults, professional theatre, concerts, exhibitions, and more. Kristin is passionate about building community, so she serves on the Allegan County Economic Development Commission and is the Programming Chair for the Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club. She lives in St. Joseph, Michigan, with her husband and two children. View Guest page

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Suhaib Aslam


Suhaib Aslam is a first-year ATLAS student, striving to become an entrepreneurial T-shaped, new engineer, who is socially engaged and inspired by technology and can collaborate across disciplines: uniquely contributing to a creative and innovative process. Besides ATLAS, Suhaib focuses on being a change agent for education, through his role as a liaison of SWNE (Students for a Whole New Education) to EIWG (Education Innovators Working Group)–two networks within Big Beacon, working for educational transformation. He is also a STEM ambassador as part of The Mars Generation (an organization that serves as a catalyst to identify students with an interest in STEM and nurture their STEM education). Suhaib also takes active interest in sociotechnical engineering, leadership, design, innovation studies, entrepreneurship and startups. He is part of UNICEF’s Enschede Student Team and is a brand ambassador for Artosphere. View Guest page

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Lorena A. Barba


Lorena Barba is an associate professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Previously, she held a faculty appointment in the College of Engineering at Boston University. She has a PhD in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology, and specializes in computational fluid dynamics and high-performance computing. Dr. Barba has previously lived in England and Chile (where she grew up) and has several years of experience in higher education. She is an advocate of open-source software for science and open educational resources, and shares her courseware on iTunes U, YouTube, GitHub and others. She is also interested in education technology, social learning and massively open online courses, as well as innovations in STEM education, including flipped classrooms and other forms of blended learning. View Guest page

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Katherine Bergeron


Katherine Bergeron is the 11th president of Connecticut College. From her first year in office, she has supported the development of a bold new venture in integrative education. The resulting vision, called Connections, requires all students to make deeper linkages between the work they do in courses, in jobs, & in the world, in order to prepare them for leadership in an era of change: liberal arts for the interconnected world. Before coming to Connecticut College, Bergeron was dean of the college at Brown University. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, Bergeron earned master’s and doctoral degrees in music history from Cornell University, and is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including two prize-winning books on French music and culture. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of “Liberal Education,” the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, she’s also on the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges. View Guest page

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Gary R Bertoline


Gary R. Bertoline is the Dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University. Gary has led the creation of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and the Envision Center for Perceptualization. He also served 5-years as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Technology before becoming dean of the in 2011. He co-founded the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) as well as the Polytechnic Institute initiative at Purdue University. The Polytechnic initiative is a major effort to transform the college’s curricula and learning experience for the students to better prepare graduate for life and work in the digital age. Gary is the lead for the Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School that will be opening in Fall 2017. View Guest page

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Vince Bertram


Dr. Vince Bertram is president and chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Since he joined the organization in June 2011, PLTW has grown to serve more than 8,000 schools, trained thousands of teachers, and received numerous national recognitions and awards. In 2014, the U.S. Department of State appointed Bertram to serve as the education expert for its United States Speaker and Specialist Program. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and other national publications, and in November 2014, became a New York Times bestselling author with his book One Nation Under-Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis. View Guest page

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Goldie Blumenstyk


Goldie Blumenstyk is one of the nation’s most respected higher-education journalists. A senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, she is known for her expertise on for-profit higher education, college and educational innovation. She has reported for The Chronicle from China, Israel, Peru and several countries in Europe, and her stories have received numerous awards. Goldie has been a frequent guest on public radio and public-affairs shows, and her work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today. She is co-founder of The Chronicle’s new reporting project, “Re:Learning | Mapping the New Education Landscape.” Before joining The Chronicle in 1988, she covered City Hall at The Orlando Sentinel. Her bestselling book, American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know, was published by Oxford University Press, 2015. Goldie has a B.A. (History) from Colgate University, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. View Guest page

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Maureen Breeze


Maureen Breeze speaks on topics of student success, leadership and critical and creative thinking and has been featured at international conferences in Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and China. She trains and certifies college faculty and administrators in academic coaching skills, and facilitates trainings at conferences, universities and other institutions across the country. Ms. Breeze co-authored Critical and Creative Thinking for Teenagers and Leadership for Teenagers: From Ancient Times to the 21st Century, developed curricula for a series of student success books, and created a national mentoring program for Goodwill Industries. In addition to working in education, Maureen is a professional choreographer where she produces concerts and serves as an artist-in-residence at various institutions. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College with a major in International Management and minor in Mathematics. View Guest page

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Rebecca Brent


Dr. Rebecca Brent is President of Education Designs, Inc., a consulting firm in Cary, North Carolina. Her areas of expertise are faculty development in engineering and the sciences, evaluation of educational programs at both precollege and college levels, and classroom uses of instructional technology. Dr. Brent has published a book, book chapters, and articles on effective teaching and faculty development in higher education, mentoring and supporting new faculty members, classroom applications of technology in K-12 and college, peer review of teaching, and a variety of topics in teacher education, and she has been a program evaluator for numerous large-scale education-related projects. Together with her husband, Dr. Richard Felder, she has presented over 400 faculty development workshops on campuses and at conferences throughout the United States and abroad. View Guest page

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Chalmers Brothers


Chalmers Brothers is the author of two thought-provoking books: Language and the Pursuit of Happiness and Language and the Pursuit of Leadership Excellence. While his books have been adopted by the leadership and coaching programs of Georgetown University, George Mason University, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the Newfield Network and many others… his clients include Coca-Cola, TripAdvisor, National Science Foundation, Dollar General, US Social Security Administration and scores of mid-size organizations throughout the country. He focuses on workplace culture, leadership and personal development, teamwork, accountability, relationship- and trust-building, and emotional intelligence. He is a certified ontological coach, received a BS degree in engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) and an MBA from Louisiana State University. Chalmers and his wife of 30 years have 3 adult children and live in Naples, FL. View Guest page

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Al Bunshaft


Al Bunshaft is the Senior Vice President of Dassault Systèmes’ Americas Corporation where he spearheads key strategic initiatives and corporate leadership programs. He was a key architect in Dassault Systèmes’ acquisition of IBM’s PLM business and led the selection, design, construction and opening of the company’s North American headquarters, an award-winning campus recognized for sustainable innovation and located in Boston’s technology belt. Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes, Bunshaft served as global vice president of IBM PLM where he helped major manufacturing companies transition from physical to digital design practices and played a key role in the first digitally-designed automobile. He is a leading voice in corporate citizenship and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives, such as Teachers at Dassault Systèmes and “Day of Service at Dassault Systèmes.” View Guest page

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Sarah Miller Caldicott

A great grandniece of Thomas Edison, Sarah Miller Caldicott is an innovation process expert and thought leader. Inspired by a family lineage of inventors dating back five generations, she has been engaged in creativity and innovation throughout her life. Sarah spent the first 15 years of her career as a marketing executive with Global 100 firms including Quaker Oats and Unilever. She’s written two books translating Edison’s innovation methods for today’s leaders. Her book "Innovate Like Edison" lays out Edison’s five competencies of innovation, and “Midnight Lunch" reveals the unique collaboration approach Edison employed to create disruptive, new industries that transformed our world. Dedicated to inspiring new innovation capability in today’s workforce, Sarah guides organizations on how to leverage innovation as a driver of growth and relevance. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, and USA Today, as well as on CNBC and NPR. View Guest page

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Jenna Carpenter


Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is Founding Dean and Professor of Engineering at Campbell University in North Carolina. She is Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Immediate Past-President, former Vice President of the American Society of Engineering Education, and an ABET (formerly the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology) Evaluator. She was principal investigator of Louisiana Tech’s National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE grant, which aimed to create a culture of success for women faculty in engineering and science, and co-PI on WEPAN’s NSF-funded Knowledge Center Project, which created an online database/professional community focused on women in engineering and science. She advises on diversity for a variety of NSF-funded programs and women-serving engineering and science organizations. She is Co-Chair of the mathematical societies’ Joint Committee on Women and Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program. View Guest page

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Margaret Cary


Dr. Margaret Cary is a passionate educator with a physician's mind and a friend's heart. As a leadership coach she blends a scientist's thinking with a caregiver's empathy. She is a ferocious learner and serial focuser with a lifelong passion for sharing what she's learned. She is an inspirational motivator, occasional humorist, and excellent listener and storyteller. She is internationally known as an engaging speaker who translates the latest research in leadership development and adult learning into entertaining and highly interactive presentations. She is a graduate of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Certificate program, soon to complete a Barry Johnson's two-year Mastery in Polarities program and a graduate through Alexander Caillet's Team Coaching program. She is an author, trainer, facilitator and professor (Georgetown University School of Medicine). View Guest page

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Robert J. Caveney


Robert J. Caveney is author of SCHOOLING For Readiness And Drive and the forthcoming Methods for Working Together, as well as the founder of schoolio.org and the inventor of a new method of management, the I‑o method. Though an education “outsider” (Robert was never a teacher), Robert never-the-less finds ready ears among teachers and principals. Robert’s first book was endorsed by teachers, silicon valley executives, teacher union leaders, former superintendents, and perhaps most proudly, Mary Walton, author of The Deming Management Method. Before turning his attention to the education system, Robert founded several silicon valley companies, including Telesynergy, Market Answers and precision path. Following a long line of innovators. Robert attended San Jose State University, but left when he felt he was educated enough. Robert is the proud father of two grown children and lives in Alameda, California. View Guest page

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Gina Cherkowski

Dr. Gina Cherkowski is a Mathematics Educator and researcher, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Professor and educational game changer. Dr. Cherkowski earned a double cognate Ph. D. in Mathematics Education and in Culture Studies and teaches at University of Calgary. Dr. Cherkowski is on a quest to ensure all kids have access to high quality educational experiences in STEM now so that our kids are ready for the demands of our fast paced, technologically driven world. In addition to volunteering for STEM Alberta, Dr. Cherkowski founded STEM Learning Lab as a way to get meaningful STEM activities to kids so they are aptly positioned to reap the rewards and benefits of our highly technological world. Dr. Cherkowski also sits on the executive board of C21; a leading not-for-­profit organization that promotes the accelerated change in teaching and learning practices across Canada. View Guest page

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Jonathan R Cole


Jonathan R. Cole is John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University at Columbia University. From 1987 to 1989 he was Vice President of Arts and Sciences, and 1989 to 2003, he was Provost and Dean of Faculties at Columbia. For many years, his scholarly work and publications focused on development of the sociology of science as a research specialty. In recent years he addressed issues in higher education, particularly problems facing American research universities. His most recent book, Toward A More Perfect University (PublicAffairs, 2016) follows his earlier publication The Great American University (Public Affairs, 2011), which has been translated into Chinese and Arabic. He recently co-edited the book, Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom? (Columbia University Press, 2015). He lectures throughout the world on topics related to higher education and continues to teach a variety of courses in several schools of Columbia University. View Guest page

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Alvaro Concha


Alvaro Concha is the Founder and President of Hack Space Peru Association one of the country's largest developers communities and a non-profit organization that empowers hundreds of young people through the maker and hacker culture. Their alumni now have access to new opportunities, and they are generating new initiatives and technology. Since joining the university he was involved in the administration of the FabLab UNI, a Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing implemented with the help of MIT. And in 2015, he has worked as a Director at the Roberto Carcelen Foundation, an NGO that trains underprivileged youth in software development. Alvaro is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Engineering in Peru. View Guest page

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Catelijne Coopmans


Catelijne Coopmans is a Fellow and former Director of Studies at Tembusu College, a residential college at the National University of Singapore. Over the past six years, she has worked with colleagues and students to build and craft a holistic living-and-learning environment. In particular, she has focused on Tembusu’s interdisciplinary seminar-style ‘gen ed’ curriculum and on supporting student agency and self-determination through out-of-classroom workshops and initiatives. In her own experiences as an academic and educational innovator, the fundamental orientation and skills of professional coaching have had a growing influence on Catelijne. Last year she decided to take the plunge and seek training and certification as a Co-Active coach. She is currently preparing to transition from her full-time job to a more freelance existence, combining research and writing with work as an independent coach, mostly in the space of academia and higher education. View Guest page

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Melanie Cornejo


Melanie Cornejo is the Provost (Executive Academic Director) at Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) since January, 2016. Before that, she designed, developed and launched the first Bioengineering Program in Peru for UTEC as well. She has spearheaded the radical transformation of the educational model and faculty development model at UTEC and is currently leading the implementation and change management process. Prior to UTEC, Dr. Cornejo was an associate at the largest consulting firm in Peru, Apoyo Consultoría, as part of the strategy consulting department. Before that, she was a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the New York Metro office. Dr. Cornejo obtained a double B.S. degree from MIT in Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences and holds a PhD in Immunology from Harvard University. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed biomedical science journals and has recently started publishing in the field of engineering education. View Guest page

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Monica F Cox


Monica F. Cox, Ph.D., is a Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She is also the Director of the International Institute of Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a) and the CEO of STEMinent LLC, a company that houses educational assessment, Prepared to Be a Pioneer® professional development, and Quirky Time® media offerings. Her research is focused upon the use of mixed methodologies to explore questions in graduate engineering education; to develop and disseminate reliable and valid assessment tools for use across the engineering education continuum; and to conduct empirical studies about issues facing people of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dr. Cox has led and collaborated on multidisciplinary projects totaling over $12 million, and she has authored over 100 publications. View Guest page

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Kyle V Davy

Kyle V. Davy established his consulting practice 25 years ago to help professional engineering, architecture, and design firms develop the leadership and management capacities they need to thrive in an increasingly turbulent environment. He has facilitated vision, strategy, and scenario planning processes for firms across North America. He has also assisted firms in establishing corporate universities and internal leadership development and succession programs. He is the lead faculty member of ACEC’s Senior Executive Institute (SEI and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Kyle lectures widely and has published numerous articles on leadership, the future of the design professions, and other aspects of the A/E industry. He has co-authored two books, Value Redesigned: New Models for Professional Practice (2005) and The Leadership Succession Lifecycle in Best Practice Firms (2012). View Guest page

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Edward L Deci

Edward L. Deci is Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Rochester. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of London, and Hamilton College, and was an interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. For 46 years Deci has engaged in a program of research on human motivation, much of it in collaboration with Richard M. Ryan. Deci has published ten books, including: Why We Do What We Do (Viking/Penguin, 1996). His writings have been translated into seven languages. A grantee of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he has lectured at more than 100 universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, and Michigan, and he has consulted for a wide range of organizations and governmental agencies in 24 countries on six continents. View Guest page

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Peter Denning


Peter Denning, a well-known academic for fifty years, is often regarded as a godfather of computer science. He built his first computer in high school from pinball machine parts, winning grand prize in the science fair. At MIT he became an expert in the design of the first “computer utility”, a forerunner of today’s “cloud”. A pioneer with virtual memory, he invented the working set model, the basis of high speed memory management in all major computers and operating systems. He has been a major figure in shaping the computer science curriculum. After years of puzzling over why most inventors are not innovators, he co-authored The Innovator’s Way, a new framework for understanding innovation and learning its skill set. He is a past president of the Association for Computing Machinery and editor-in-chief of its flagship publication. He has written 10 books and over 400 technical papers. He received 26 awards for technical and educational contributions to computing. View Guest page

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Rich Dionne


Rich Dionne is an assistant professor of theatre at Purdue University, where he teaches courses in scenery technology and management for live entertainment. His currently researching robotic scenery and interactive technologies for live performance. His research in instructional design and applications of studio models of instruction for technology students has been presented at conferences worldwide. He has been a Faculty Fellow of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute for three years, working with other Fellows on the development of a competency-based, transdisciplinary degree program focusing on lifelong and whole-student learning and the integration of technology and the humanities. View Guest page

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John Donald


John is Associate Professor & Graduate Attributes Coordinator, School of Engineering, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. In 2016 John was named the president-elect of the Canadian Engineering Educators Association (CEEA). John teaches courses in engineering leadership and engineering design and is actively involved in the engineering accreditation process. John’s academic interests focus on engineering leadership, teaching and learning in engineering, and the contribution of humanities and social sciences to the engineering curriculum. Prior to joining Guelph in 2013, John worked in both the private sector and academia, including 7 years in engineering consulting, 3 years in IT startup companies, and 10 years in Canadian college leadership positions, including Dean of Engineering & Information Technology, and Vice Presidential roles in international education, continuing education and community development. View Guest page

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Allen Downey


Allen Downey is a professor of Computer Science at Olin College and the author of a series of free, open-source textbooks related to software and data science, including Think Python, Think Bayes, and Think Complexity, which are also published by O’Reilly Media. His blog, Probably Overthinking It, features articles on Bayesian probability and statistics. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley, and M.S. and B.S. degrees from MIT. He lives near Boston, MA with his wife and two daughters. View Guest page

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Kate Ebner


Top leadership coach Kate Ebner invites people to be visionary. Founder of The Nebo Company, a leadership consultancy based in Washington, D.C., Kate teaches leaders how to use vision as a powerful and practical tool for manifesting the important changes they want to see. Kate works with senior executives and teams at Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, social entrepreneurs and government agencies who are leading significant change, helping them to thrive in their careers and find greater fulfillment and satisfaction in life. In 2012, she was named Founding Director of the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. The Institute’s mission is to develop leaders who can meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Kate is leading the development of the Institute, including programs in transformational leadership and navigating complexity and change. View Guest page

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Eddy Evans

Eddy Evans is the External Relations Director for the Lassonde School of Engineering in Toronto, Canada, and currently leads the School’s branding, communications strategy, and global partnerships. He is the executive producer of LET ME DO IT (letmedoitmovie.com)--a new documentary exploring the changing face of engineering education across the world. Previously, Eddy worked in politics as a speechwriter for the New Democrats and as a public affairs consultant in Washington D.C. and London, England. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College, Oxford, and studied Global Strategic Communications at Columbia University in New York. View Guest page

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Jeffrey Evans


Prior to Jeffrey Evans earning his B.S. from Purdue, he studied music performance, focusing on trumpet and flugelhorn, sharing the stage with legends in the entertainment industry. As an electrical engineer he designed products in medical diagnostics, automotive powertrain control, telecommunications, and consumer safety. During his 22 years in industry he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in communications network performance and adaptive systems on distributed systems. He joined Purdue University in 2003, and has published and presented his work at many national and international conferences and journals. His current research expands ideas of adaptation and artificial intelligence into areas of sound and music composition and performance. Dr. Evans is a founding faculty fellow in the Polytechnic Incubator, an environment dedicated to the transformation of higher education. View Guest page

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Rachel Fahrig


Rachel is a school improvement consultant for a large education agency. Prior to this position, she developed high school science and engineering curricula and provided instructional support at The University of Texas at Austin, Round Rock ISD, the Texas Water Development Board, and the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. She has worked as an educator at the secondary level for over 10 years, in both public and non-traditional settings. Ms. Fahrig has also been supporting and leading teachers and educational leaders for the past six years. In addition to being an educator, she has experience in banking trust operations, non-profit development and management, and client services. She graduated with a B.A. from Western Michigan University in 1998, and earned her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Texas State University – San Marcos in 2013. View Guest page

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Richard Felder


Dr. Richard M. Felder is Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a coauthor of Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes (4th edition, Wiley, 2015), which since 1978 has been used as the introductory chemical engineering text by roughly 90% of American universities and a number of universities elsewhere, and he has authored or coauthored over 250 education-related papers and "Random Thoughts" columns as well as numerous papers on chemical process engineering. Together with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Brent, he coauthored Teaching and Learning STEM: A Practical Guide (Jossey-Bass, 2016) and presented over 600 teaching and faculty development workshops and seminars throughout the United States and abroad. View Guest page

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Stephanie Forrest


Stephanie Forrest is Regents Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the Univ. of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she served as Dept. Chair 2006-2011. She is also on the Santa Fe Institute External Faculty and recently spent one year at the U.S. Dept. of State working on cyber-policy. She was educated at St. John's College (B.A.) and The University of Michigan (M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science). Her research interests include: biology and computation, computer immunology, disease modeling, automatic repair of software vulnerabilities, large-scale security modeling and data analysis and cyber-policy She has received many awards, including: the Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures (2013), the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award (2011), and the Presidential Young Investigator Award (1991). View Guest page

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Ellen Fulton


Ellen Fulton, a master certified executive leadership coach, has extensive experience working with leaders in government, corporations, small businesses, non-profits, and universities. She has worked with over 1000 individuals and teams from the C-Suite to the individual contributor. Ellen challenges clients to reflect on their strengths, areas for growth, values, and interpersonal skills to help them align action plans that maximize strategic goals providing sustainable change. As a Coaching Fellow at George Mason University and Managing Partner of the Washington Coaching Group, Ellen Fulton brings her expertise to a variety of outstanding educational opportunities. Serving as Co-Director for the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well-Being and past Director of the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence, Ellen is thrilled to be an integral part of George Mason University’s newest Professional Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being. View Guest page

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Irineu Gianesi


Irineu Gianesi currently holds a position of Dean of Teaching and Learning at Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was the leader of the design and implementation of new undergraduate degrees in engineering at Insper. Since the development of the vision of a new school in 2011, with a budget of $40 million, the project ended up launching probably the most relevant and disruptive innovation in engineering education in Brazil. Inspired by the successful experience of the Olin College of Engineering in Boston, MA, US, the Insper's engineering faculty team developed both a highly innovative curriculum and a motivating learning experience that will not only graduate entrepreneurial engineers but also inspire other Brazilian schools to dare to implement changes on their curricula. First results are impressive and promise to set a new standard in creating an environment that fosters the intrinsic motivation of the students to learn. View Guest page

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Erik D Goodman

Erik D. Goodman is Principal Investigator and Director of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, an NSF Science and Technology Center headquartered at Michigan State University where he applies evolutionary principles to engineering design. He received his PhD in computer & communication sciences at the University of Michigan in1972, where he was in John Holland’s Logic of Computers Group. As a Professor at MSU in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science & Engineering he co-founded the Genetic Algorithms Research & Applications Group (GARAGe). As co-founder of Red Cedar Technology, he developed design optimization software as Vice President for Technology from 1999-2010. In 2009 he was named Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year. He has served in leadership roles for the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, and the ACM Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO). View Guest page

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Katherine Goodman


Katherine Goodman is a professor at University of Colorado Denver at Inworks, an initiative aimed at bringing together students, faculty, and community members to work on hard human problems that matter. At Inworks, students practice human-centered design in multidisciplinary teams. Kate is passionate about guiding students in unusual learning experiences. She researches transformative experiences in higher education — those moments when students connect what they learn in the classroom with the “real world,” a process that taps into perceptual expertise, creativity, and motivation. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Valparaiso University, a Master of Professional Writing from University of Southern California, and a PhD in Technology, Media, and Society from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also earned a graduate certificate in Cognitive Science. Kate lives in the Denver area with her husband and their three children. View Guest page

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Mark Goulston

Dr. Mark Goulston is the author of "Just Listen," the top book on listening in the world. His most recent book is "Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life." He is founder and co-CEO of the Goulston Group, a business advisory and training company, co-founder of Heartfelt Leadership, founder of the campaign, Healing the World, One Conversation at a Time, and chief learning officer of the POP Protocol that trains law enforcement and civilians to prevent escalation during police pullovers. A former UCLA professor of psychiatry and FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, he contributes to Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Fast Company, Psychology Today and is Senior Editor at C Suite Quarterly Magazine. He is an expert resource in human behavior appearing widely on television and quoted frequently in print including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Time, and Newsweek. View Guest page

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Betty Gronneberg


Betty Gronneberg is a Founder & Executive Director of uCodeGirl, a non-profit but social purpose organization that creates a pathway to technology careers for teen girls by tapping into their curiosity, skills and potential. Betty holds a Master’s of Science degree in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University. Her first degree was from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Betty has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. In her most recent role as a Software Engineering Manager, Betty had lead software engineers and directed a broad range of projects and initiatives while participating in planning, analysis and implementation of global solutions. As a Software Engineer turned Social Entrepreneur, Betty believes that those who code write their future. Betty works diligently on her passion of equity and inclusion: to help increase the talent pool and equalize opportunity in technology careers. View Guest page

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Laura Hahn


Laura Hahn has been the Director of the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2013. With an academic background in language teaching and learning, her work has crisscrossed the fields of applied linguistics, instructional development, and program administration. Through AE3, she collaborates with faculty who want to explore, innovate, and work together to enhance teaching and learning in the College of Engineering. She is also co-authoring a book entitled, “Women and Ideas in Engineering: Twelve Stories from Illinois,” to be published by the University of Illinois Press. Laura earned her BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois. View Guest page

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Kerry Hannon

Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement and a frequent TV and radio commentator who speaks about and offers advice on career and personal finance trends. She is the author of the gold‐medal award–winning "What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond", which USA Today hailed as “a road map for those striking out on their own.” She has spent more than two decades covering all aspects of business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including Forbes, The New York Times, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Kerry’s latest books are, "Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness" and "Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies". View Guest page

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Sarah Happel


Sarah Happel, President and Founder of Spectrum Leadership Solutions, is a top leadership consultant and coach who excels in cultivating excellence in leadership through her work with individuals, teams and organizations. Formerly an internationally competitive volleyball player, Sarah helps leaders and executive teams determine winning strategies for their organizations through her work as a coach and facilitator. With over 15 years in the field of communication and transition management, Sarah has lived and worked extensively overseas, leading programs in Germany, Luxembourg, Argentina, Spain and the USA. Sarah is a leader in the field of coaching and leadership development. Known for spear-heading thought-provoking cohorts which spark personal and professional transformation, Sarah is also a Coaching Fellow at George Mason’s acclaimed Leadership Certification Program in Organizational Well-Being. View Guest page

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Bob Harder


As Dean of Engineering at George Fox University, Bob Harder is responsible for all aspects of academic administration for the college of engineering and leading faculty in the departments of mechanical and civil engineering, electrical engineering and computer science and mathematics and applied science, chemistry and biology. Bob is a knowledge enterprise architect, with a long history of developing and sustaining innovative academic programs in collaboration with industry partners and community stakeholders. Prior to his academic career, Bob held engineering and management positions in the metals processing industry with Republic Steel, British Steel and US Steel Corporations. Bob has a B.S. and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Oregon Health & Science University (Oregon Graduate Institute). He lives on a farm in Yamhill, Oregon with his wife and five daughters. View Guest page

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Zaid Hassan


Zaid is a strategist, writer and facilitator. He has fifteen years of experience in developing strategic responses to complex social challenges. He has worked on issues such as agriculture, climate change, education, energy, financial systems, malnutrition, public healthcare, security, sustainable development, and youth issues. He has worked all over the world, with a broad range of clients, including the World Bank, the UN Foundation, GIZ, WWF, Oxfam, Unilever, the Governments of Canada, Liberia, and New Zealand. Zaid is a Visiting Professor at the California College of Arts (CCA) where he helps teach a social lab on a graduate level Masters programme. Over 2009-10 he was an Associate Fellow of The Institute of Science, Innovation and Society, at the Said Business School. He is a writer and author of "The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges" (Berret-Koehler, 2014). View Guest page

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Art Heidebrecht


Art Heidebrecht is Director of the W Booth School Engineering Practice at McMaster University; he is also Professor Emeritus, Civil Engineering at McMaster. The Booth School offers a suite of professional masters programs in entrepreneurship, public policy and design; these programs have a common focus on developing leadership to facilitate engineering innovation. Art has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Alberta and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. During his academic career at McMaster, his research specialty was earthquake engineering, focusing largely on improving the seismic design of building structures. He has held a number of leadership positions at McMaster, including Dean of Engineering, Provost and Vice-President Academic, and Executive Director of the McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership. His current interests include sustainability, leadership and change, primarily in the context of engineering education. View Guest page

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Jennifer Herek


Jennifer Herek is the founding Dean of the University College Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands), which offers an honours-level BSc degree programme in Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS). Now in its third year, with first students approaching graduation this June, ATLAS has already earned distinction as a 'Top Rated Study Programme' in the Netherlands. Jennifer obtained a B.A. in chemistry from Lawrence University in 1990 and Ph.D. in chemical physics from Caltech in 1996. She held research appointments at Lund University (Sweden) and the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (Amsterdam) before joining the faculty of the University of Twente in 2006 as professor of physics and chair of the Optical Sciences group, part of the MESA+ Institute of Nanotechnology. View Guest page

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Geoffrey Herman


Geoffrey Herman is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked with the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education for the past four years supporting faculty across the College of Engineering as they reimagine engineering curricula and courses. These efforts have focused on enabling faculty to teach more effectively at increasingly large scale and integrating computational skills and design into engineering courses. He, in turn, teaches computer architecture to hundreds of students each semester and research methods to a growing community of engineering education researchers at Illinois. His research focuses on understanding how students learn engineering and computer science concepts. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois as a Mavis Future Faculty Fellow and conducted postdoctoral research with Ruth Streveler at Purdue University. View Guest page

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Karen Hyman


Karen Hyman has served as the Associate Director of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education since it was founded in 2008 as a College of Engineering initiative. She came to the University of Illinois in 2005, after serving in college admissions at the University of Chicago; working in the area of higher education marketing and research; and leading community organizations. Her education – from great teachers in classic texts - has inspired her passion for the liberal arts, and for strengthening humanities education. Her path began at the University of Chicago, where she earned her B.A. in General Studies in the Humanities and an M.A. from the Committee on Social Thought, an interdisciplinary graduate program. She is the author of “Oh the Humanities! Socrates, Aristotle, Dilbert and Humanistic Education in Engineering at the University of Illinois, published in M.F. Shaughnessy (Ed.) The Humanities in 2015: Why We Need Them and How They Contribute to Being Human. View Guest page

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Eric Iversen


Eric Iversen is VP for Learning and Communications at Start Engineering, a company dedicated to making engineering exciting and accessible for K-12 audiences. At Start Engineering, he blogs about the many sides of the “E” in STEM, including teaching and learning, diversity, policy, and its relevance to our daily lives. He speaks widely on the topic, drives the company’s social media profile, and conducts independent and collaborative research on the place of engineering in K-12 learning. In various other organizations, he launched and led many different learning enterprises. These ranged from cross-platform, Internet-based education programs to collaborations across multiple organizations to classroom-style education and outreach activities. He taught college-level English for seven years, including both literature and writing courses. He has a BA in English from the University of Virginia and PhD in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina. View Guest page

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Barry Johnson


In his 30+ years as an organization and leadership development consultant, Dr. Barry Johnson has shared the “gift of polarities” with tens of thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations around the world. His authorship of the Polarity Management® approach, founding of Polarity Management Associates, co-founding Polarity Partnerships, LLC, and his enthusiasm and passion have created a world-wide learning and practice community. Barry’s clients include some of the world’s largest businesses and industries; educational organizations and universities; and government agencies in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa and the United Nations. Countless leaders, consultants and individual users have participated in Polarity Partnerships’ programs and presentations. View Guest page

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Beverly E Jones

Beverly E. Jones, BSJ, MBA, JD, is a master of career reinvention. In the 1970’s, before trailblazing her career as a Washington lawyer and Fortune 500 energy executive, Jones led university programs to empower women. Throughout her work life Jones has helped other professionals and leaders to survive and thrive. Since 2002, she has built an executive coaching and consulting practice, leading retreats and helping professionals of all ages to advance their careers, shift direction or boost their productivity. Based in the nation’s capital, she works with accomplished leaders in the federal government, NGOs, universities, companies and other complex organizations. Her latest book is “Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO: 50 Indispensable Tips to Help You Stay Afloat, Bounce Back, and Get Ahead at Work.” View Guest page

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Beverly E Jones

Beverly E. Jones, BSJ, MBA, JD, is a master of career reinvention. In the 1970’s, before trailblazing her career as a Washington lawyer and Fortune 500 energy executive, Jones led university programs to empower women. Throughout her work life Jones has helped other professionals and leaders to survive and thrive. Since 2002, she has built an executive coaching and consulting practice, leading retreats and helping professionals of all ages to advance their careers, shift direction or boost their productivity. Based in the nation’s capital, she works with accomplished leaders in the federal government, NGOs, universities, companies and other complex organizations. In late 2015, Career Press will publish her book, “Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO: 50 Indispensable Tips to Help You Stay Afloat, Bounce Back, and Get Ahead at Work.” View Guest page

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Stephen Jones


Dr. Stephen Jones—author of the "Seven Secrets of How to Study", the "Parent’s Ultimate Education Guide" and the "Ultimate Scholarship Guide"—teaches students to learn how to study. Dr. Jones is the President of SAJ Publishing, and as a Distinguished Toast Master, he is an in-demand speaker including regular appearances on Blog Talk Radio. He also serves as Associate Dean of Student & Strategic Programs in the College of Engineering at Villanova University. Previously, Dr. Jones served as Director of the SUCCESS/ACT101 Program at Drexel University. He has received recognition for his dedication to students including the National Society of Black Engineers Award and Drexel University’s named Dr. Stephen Jones Award for Academic Excellence, presented annually to an undergraduate student exhibiting outstanding achievement. View Guest page

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Adam Kahane

Adam Kahane is a Director of Reos Partners, an international social enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important and intractable issues. Adam is a leading organizer, designer and facilitator of processes through which business, government, and civil society leaders can work together to address such challenges. He has worked in more than fifty countries, in every part of the world, with executives, politicians, generals, guerrillas, civil servants, trade unionists, community activists, UN officials, clergy, and artists. Adam is the author of Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities, about which Nelson Mandela said: “This breakthrough book addresses the central challenge of our time: finding a way to work together to solve the problems we have created.” He is also the author of Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change and Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future. View Guest page

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Ann Kaiser


Ann Kaiser is a STEM education consultant and CEO of ProjectEngin LLC. As an experienced engineer and educator, her efforts are aimed at the seamless inclusion of Engineering in K-12 education. Ann has degrees in Metallurgical Engineering (BS) and International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University, and is a lifelong advocate of engineering as a platform for creative global problem-solving and innovation. After 15 years as an educator, Ann was named a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher in 2013. She spent six months in Singapore evaluating the role of Engineering Design projects as Performance Tasks in secondary physics classes. Ann was named a Top Overseas Teacher by the Singaporean Ministry of Education in 2014. In March 2015, she was the keynote speaker at the national Danish Big Bang Conference in Roskilde as a guest of Engineer the Future Dk. ProjectEngin provides professional development and curriculum design services aimed at making Engineering a part of everyone’s education. View Guest page

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John P. Kotter


John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as perhaps the leading voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, chairman of Kotter International, and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. Author of 19 books, twelve of them bestsellers, his works have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions and total sales exceed three million copies. His latest book, Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World, is based on an HBR article that won the 2012 McKinsey Award for the world’s most practical and groundbreaking thinking in the business/management arena. Professor Kotter is the 2009 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Training & Development. View Guest page

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John R Koza

John R. Koza received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan in 1972. From 1973 through 1987, he was co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Scientific Games Inc. where he co-invented the rub-off instant lottery ticket used by state lotteries. Between 1988 and 2003, he taught a course on genetic algorithms and genetic programming between 1988 and 2003 at Stanford University, where he was a consulting professor. He wrote 4 books on Genetic Programming. He is currently Chair of National Popular Vote (an organization seeking to elect the President by a vote of the people in all 50 states). View Guest page

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Janusz Kozinski


Janusz Kozinski is Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering. As a globally trained academic leader, multidisciplinary researcher, creative thinker, arts enthusiast, entrepreneur, and a speaker of 5 languages, Janusz embodies the traits of a Renaissance Engineer. Born and raised in Krakow, Poland, Janusz received his post-doctoral training at MIT before joining McGill where he was a Sir William Dawson Scholar in Mining, Metals & Materials Engineering and Associate Vice Principal (Research and International Relations). Janusz has been a trailblazing leader at every institution he has served, including McGill, the University of Saskatchewan, and York University. Janusz is a passionate leader who exudes positivity and determination. A true Renaissance Engineer, he sees the necessity and beauty in bringing people together to not only solve the engineering problems of today and tomorrow, but to challenge each other to improve the social fabric of their societies. View Guest page

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Paula M Krebs

Paula M. Krebs is dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University, in Massachusetts, after twenty years of teaching English at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts. She writes frequently on higher education for such publications as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Slate. She works with faculty and administrators throughout New England on the Cross-Sector Partnership, which helps to prepare doctoral students for careers at teaching-intensive institutions such as regional public universities and community colleges. A lifelong advocate of liberal arts education, she is organizing humanities educators in Southern New England to define what constitutes student success in the humanities—to determine the connections between skills, competencies, content knowledge, and critical thinking, and to work with area business and civic leaders to make clear the contributions to civic life and industry of humanities graduates. View Guest page

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Bob LaBombard

Robert J. LaBombard has more than 35 years of business experience in the chemical, environmental, professional services and staffing industries, with more than 22 years of staffing industry experience as CEO of GradStaff, Inc. and founder and CEO of EnviroStaff, Inc. LaBombard is a leader with demonstrated success in helping client companies develop comprehensive strategies to fill both short- and long-term staffing requirements. Since joining GradStaff in May 2002 as CEO and an owner of the company, LaBombard has been instrumental in developing a standardized, highly effective business model to make the entry-level job market more efficient for new grad job seekers and hiring companies. LaBombard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Williams College in Williamston, Mass. and an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. View Guest page

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Tom Laux


Tom Laux is a Medical Student Design Partner (MSDP) at the Penn State College of Medicine University Park. He attended Swarthmore College and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Psychology and Cognitive Science. While there, he spent a semester studying comparative public health in India, China, and South Africa, focusing on traditional and integrative medicine. Tom spent time in 2013 working as a Mental Health Program Intern at the Carter Center in Atlanta and in 2014 as a research assistant with the Center for Family Intervention Sciences, working with adolescents suffering from suicidal ideation and severe depression. After graduation, Tom moved to Madaba, Jordan and spent two years teaching sophomore chemistry and AP Psychology at King’s Academy international boarding school. Now an MSDP in State College, PA, Tom is meshing his dual passions of medicine and education in an effort to bring more calmness, collaboration and joy into the field of undergraduate medical education. View Guest page

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Kelly Lewis

Kelly Lewis is an executive coach and leadership development consultant committed to working with the leaders of today and tomorrow to inspire greater awareness and authentic action. Kelly’s clients are dedicated to their professional and personal growth and are devoted to creating results, for their organizations as well as themselves, with greater impact, connection, and enjoyment. As the principal of Lewis Leadership Group, Kelly is also honored to serve on Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching faculty. In 2011, Kelly was awarded Workforce Management’s Game Changer Award for the innovative ways her company developed leadership capacity. Before starting Lewis Leadership Group, she spent fifteen years as a Fortune 500 executive and change leader. Kelly earned her coaching certification through Georgetown University and has been designated a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching View Guest page

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Athena Lin


Athena Lin is a junior studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She believes in the power of student voices to effectuate change in higher education. She is a student advocate for Big Beacon and chair of Students for a Whole New Education (SWNE), which is an initiative launched to empower students to become change agents in engineering education and higher education, more generally. SWNE aims to bring together students from around the world who are united by the challenges they face in an education system that resists change. Athena hopes to encourage students to reflect on their education and create opportunities for them to challenge the status quo. Athena has been involved in engineering education projects at the University of Illinois. She also participated in the Summer Experience in Education Research (SEER) at Olin College this past summer. She is planning to pursue a graduate degree in engineering education after graduation. View Guest page

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Tyler Lindow


Tyler Lindow is a senior undergraduate student studying NanoEngineering at the University of California, San Diego. Immersed in the push to make engineering education more interdisciplinary, he is currently researching the effects of interdisciplinarity on the identities of students studying nano-engineering. In the summer of 2015, he participated in the Engineering Education Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA and looked at undergraduate students’ conceptions of engineering design. His larger interests lie in the design of purposeful, reflective, and interest-driven learning experiences. While he is currently living in San Diego for school, his hometown is San Bruno, CA, just about ten miles south of San Francisco, CA. View Guest page

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Michael C Loui


Michael C. Loui is the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include computational complexity theory, professional ethics, and engineering education research. He serves as Editor of Journal of Engineering Education and as a member of the editorial boards of College Teaching and Accountability in Research. He is a Carnegie Scholar and an IEEE Fellow. Professor Loui was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at M.I.T. in 1980. View Guest page

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Vincent Manno


Vincent P. Manno is Provost and Dean of Faculty, as well as Professor of Engineering, at the Olin College of Engineering. He received a BS from Columbia University and MS and Sc.D. degrees from M.I.T. His fields of interest are engineering education, power generation and electronics thermal energy management. Prior to joining Olin, Dr. Manno was Associate Provost and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a recipient of SAE’s Teetor Educational Award, the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in the Thermal Analysis of Electronic Equipment, the ASME Curriculum Innovation Award, Tufts Fischer Prize as Engineering Teacher of the Year and the Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising. He serves on the advisory boards of Ashesi University (Ghana), the University of Delaware College of Engineering and the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education Outreach. View Guest page

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Rob Martello

Rob Martello is a Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Olin College. His NSF-sponsored research explores connections between interdisciplinary education, student motivation, and self-directed project-based learning, and he implements his findings in experimental courses (“The Stuff of History,” “Six Microbes that Changed the World”) and faculty development workshops. He has chaired efforts that re-imagined Olin’s faculty reappointment and promotion, institutional outreach, and student assessment approaches. A graduate of MIT’s program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology, he is also the author of Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere and the Growth of American Enterprise, a study of Revere’s multifaceted career and national impacts. He is now researching Benjamin Franklin's printing and business endeavors, and he regularly lectures on Revere and Franklin, our “Founding Makers,” for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. View Guest page

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Boris Martin

Boris Martin is the CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada. Boris lived and worked with farmers in rural Burkina Faso and Ghana for three years between 2007 and 2010, where he led a team supporting the adaptive capacity of farming organizations. He learned the hard way -- and continues to learn -- how much humility it takes to truly partner across barriers of wealth and power and empower change from the grassroots. The experience grounded Boris' life purpose in addressing the systemic underpinnings of poverty. In 2013, he joined EWB Canada's Toronto-based executive team as Vice President of Strategy and Investment, where he spearheaded innovation in EWB's approach to development. He was appointed as CEO of EWB in August 2014. Boris holds a PhD in engineering from McMaster University and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo. He lives with his partner Alanna and together they love and raise two children, Kyan and Anika. View Guest page

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Fred McBagonluri


Prof. Fred McBagonluri is Dean of Engineering at Ashesi University. Prior to his appointment, he was Vice President of New Product Development at Joerns Healthcare, Arlington, TX. He also held roles of increasing responsibilities for Fortune 500 companies in the US. He was Director of Research and Development and Director of IT at Siemens Healthcare. He was also World Wide Director Research and Development, and subsequently Director of Market Development at Becton Dickinson and Co. Prof. Fred McBagonluri holds MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton, Masters in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelors of Science in Manufacturing Engineering (Summa cum laude) from Central State University. View Guest page

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Ryan McLawhon


Dr. Ryan McLawhon joined Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2015 as the Executive Director for Academic Services & Assessment. In this capacity, he oversees the advising, study abroad, scholarships and financial aid, and honor code offices as well as the Academic Success Center, assessment, and faculty development activities. Prior to joining the Qatar campus, he served as the Director of the Office of Institutional Assessment on the main campus of Texas A&M University. Dr. McLawhon is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and has delivered keynote addresses and presented on assessment, curriculum mapping and development, and distance learning at numerous professional conferences. Dr. McLawhon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University in 2003, his Master of Arts degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2007, and his Doctoral degree in Higher Education from the University of North Texas in 2009. View Guest page

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Richard K. Miller



Richard K. Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999. He served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992 through 1999 and spent the previous 17 years on the faculty of USC and UCSB. A member of the US National Academy of Engineering, he has been recognized with several awards, including the NAE Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education (with two Olin colleagues) and the Marlowe Award for administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education. He earned his BS in engineering from UC Davis, MS from MIT, and PhD from Caltech. View Guest page

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Taif Mohamed


Taif Mohamed is a sophomore electrical engineering student at Texas A&M Qatar (TAMUQ). View Guest page

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Alessandro Moreira


Alessandro Moreira holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG, and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1993 he has held a position within UFMG's in School of Engineering and is currently an Associate Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and Dean of the School of Engineering. He has experience in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Electronic Automation Electrical and Industrial Processes and Engineering Education. Since 2012, Alessandro has coordinated the Innovation Program for Engineering Education - ENG200, focusing on making engineering more innovative and entrepreneurial. He is currently a member of the Teaching Technical Committee of the Minas Gerais Society of Engineers - SME and coordinates the State College of Education Institutions - CIE CREA Minas. View Guest page

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Frank Mruk

Frank Mruk is Associate Dean at the New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society. Frank is a licensed architect in the U.S., a Royal Institute of British Architects Chartered Architect and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to NYIT Frank led strategy and development at Wall Street financial service companies Morgan Stanley and AIG. He has previously served as president of the Association for Strategic Planning. Frank serves as President of the Construction Specification Institute, and on the Board of Directors of AIA’s New York Chapter. Frank’s academic history includes Oxford University’s Said Business School (post-graduate program in strategy and innovation), Pace University (MBA) and Pratt Institute (Bachelor of Architecture). In addition to NYIT, he has taught at the Parsons School of Design, the BOMI Institute and at New York University. View Guest page

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Daryl Nardick

Daryl Nardick, PhD, works with leaders in higher education as a leadership coach, consultant, and facilitator of breakthrough programs for universities across North America. Daryl’s higher education roots go back 25 years when she led Apple Computer’s market development team for higher education. Her published articles relating to the human side of technology, based on her research conducted during her tenure at Georgetown University, incorporates her passion to introducing mindfulness practices into faculty and leadership development efforts. She is currently delivering leadership development programs to universities such as Purdue University, University of Texas, and Georgetown University. Daryl earned a PhD from American University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Miami University of Ohio. She holds a professional certificate in Leadership Coaching from the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. View Guest page

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Dr. Lawrence Neeley


Dr. Lawrence Neeley joined the Olin faculty as an Assistant Professor of Design and Entrepreneurship in 2011. He brings to Olin his passion for design, prototyping, manufacturing and entrepreneurship; and strives to share these passions with his students and the Olin community. Both his research and educational efforts help designers rapidly imagine, realize and offer compelling real world products. Dr. Neeley holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Center for Design Research at Stanford University. At Stanford, he received the Stanford University Legacy Achievement Award given by the Black Community Services Center, a silver medal in IDEA2003 for the design of a wine decanting cradle and the Stanford School of Engineering Dean's Doctoral Distinction Diversity Award. His dissertation research was in the area of adaptive design expertise. Dr. Neeley earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. View Guest page

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Scott L. Newstok


Scott L. Newstok teaches literature of the English Renaissance as well as film, rhetoric, education, lyric poetry, and the humanities. In 2012 Professor Newstok received the Campus Life Award for Outstanding Faculty Member and in 2016 he received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching. Before joining the Rhodes faculty in 2007, Professor Newstok earned his doctorate from Harvard University, taught at Oberlin College, Amherst College, and Gustavus Adolphus College, and held the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Yale University Library′s Special Collections. Dr. Newstok has published three books: a scholarly edition of Kenneth Burke′s Shakespeare criticism; a collection of essays on Macbeth and race (co-edited with Ayanna Thompson), and a monograph on early modern English epitaphs. View Guest page

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Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley is Professor of Engineering at Oakland University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. Her research on altruism bias and pathologies of altruism has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal. Winner of numerous teaching awards, together with Terrence Sejnowski of the Salk Institute, she co-teaches “Learning How to Learn,” one of the world’s most popular MOOCs (massive open online courses), with over one million students to date. Her book A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), (Penguin, 2014) is a New York Times best-selling science book. An avid adventurer, Dr. Oakley rose from the rank of Private to Captain in the US Army, during which time she worked at the South Pole Station in Antarctica and served as a Russian translator on board Soviet trawlers in the Bering Sea. Dr. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. View Guest page

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Kurt Paterson


Kurt Paterson has served as head of the engineering department at James Madison University (JMU) since 2013. Launched in 2008, the engineering program is a collaborative effort among faculty, students & stakeholders to deliver a 21st century engineering education for 21st century needs by integrating curricular, co-curricular, environmental, and cultural elements. JMU’s engineering program was recently invited to join the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network and the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program, building on the department’s mission of developing project-ready engineers through responsible innovation. He is currently helping create a network to connect the nation’s engineering department heads and chairs. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. Kurt lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with his wife and two young daughters, who provide constant demonstrations of curiosity, creativity, and the joys of learning. View Guest page

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Pam Patterson


Pam Patterson is Associate Vice President of University Life at George Mason University and has 25+ years of combined experience in leadership and university administration. She is also a Senior Coaching Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being where she co-directs the Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership and Well-Being. Dr. Patterson is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. Her professional interests are in the science and application of individual and organizational well-being, leadership, and coaching. At George Mason, she was a member of a team that created and implemented a leader development curriculum for executive education and a separate program for faculty and staff. She is a co-founder and co-chair of MasonLeads, the Leadership Legacy Program, and serves as co-director of Mason's Strengths Academy. View Guest page

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Jack Penner


Jack Penner is an eternally curious medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine who brings the synergistic perspectives of a developing physician and coach to his work with future medical professionals. Since seeing the impact of coaching on his resilience, empathy, and leadership, he has leapt head first into helping medical students become compassionate caregivers and healthcare leaders. He and his coach, Dr. Margaret Cary, have built a program for medical students that pairs them with executive coaches in their undergraduate and graduate medical education. Their work together has been featured in The Washington Post, The Harvard Macy Institute, and multiple healthcare publications as they work to transform the training of tomorrow's doctors. View Guest page

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Daniel Pianko


Daniel Pianko is co-founder and Managing Director of University Ventures, a leading higher education focused investment fund with approximately $300M under management. Daniel started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, but quickly realized that he wanted to combine private capital with the creation of a next generation of socially beneficial education companies. Since leaving Goldman, he has invested in, founded, advised, or led in a number of education-related businesses that led to the creation of University Ventures. Daniel currently sits on the boards of Ponce School of Medicine, Galvanize, Synergis, Qubed and EDEX. Daniel is also involved in his community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Harlem Village Academies and the Alumni Council of Horace Mann. Daniel graduated from Columbia University and holds an MBA and Masters of Education from Stanford University. View Guest page

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Daniel H. Pink


Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers: A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a new television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel. In 2013, Thinkers 50 named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. Before venturing out on his own seventeen years ago, Dan worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He received a BA from Northwestern University and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from the Pratt Institute (2013), the Ringling College of Art and Design (2011), and Westfield State University (2010). Dan lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children. View Guest page

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Meagan Pollock


Dr. Meagan Pollock is the Director of Professional Development for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. In this role, Meagan leads a national team of equity professionals that build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity and workforce diversity. Before turning her focus on the intersection of education and equity, Meagan worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Meagan was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and she holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, a MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University. As an engineer turned educator, Meagan is focused on engineering equity into education and the workforce. View Guest page

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John Qualls


John Qualls currently serves as President of Eleven Fifty Academy. As President, John is responsible for leading the growth of the nonprofit organization from its current inception stage to a more mature organization capable of delivering on its mission to build an ecosystem of software development talent that financially benefits the individual, their employer, and their community. Eleven Fifty Academy is focused on achieving its mission of closing the nation’s technology skills gap while creating a coding ecosystem that benefits the individual, their employer and their community. . In 2009, he was a finalist for Ernest & Young’s Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2008, John was listed as one of The IBJ’s “40 Under 40.” View Guest page

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Mysti Rudd


For the past four years, Dr. Mysti Rudd has been an Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), an international branch campus offering degrees in mechanical, chemical, petroleum, or electrical and computer engineering. Although she considers herself a Compositionist—having earned her Ph.D. in Composition/TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012—she started out as a chemistry major at St. Olaf College in 1980 and has taught chemistry and math in high school, preparing her to enjoy the unique challenges of working with STEM students. Dr. Rudd recently received a grant that funded a trip for 4 TAMUQ students and 2 professors to visit innovative engineering educational programs at Olin, Purdue, and iFoundry. Inspired by the practices they observed at these institutions, this group hopes to positively impact engineering education at TAMUQ. In addition to her faculty appointment, Dr. Rudd also serves as Director of the Academic Success Center. View Guest page

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Saras D Sarasvathy


Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy is a member of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Ethics area at University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. In addition to teaching MBA and doctoral courses in entrepreneurship at Darden, she teaches in doctoral programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. In 2007, Sarasvathy was named one of the top 18 entrepreneurship professors by Fortune Small Business magazine. A leading scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship, Sarasvathy serves on the editorial boards of top management journals and as Associate Editor of top entrepreneurship journals. Her book "Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise" was nominated for the 2009 Terry Book Award by the Academy of Management. Effectuation is widely acclaimed as a rigorous framework for understanding the creation and growth of new organizations and markets. View Guest page

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Edgar Schein

Edgar Schein is the Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He received his PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard in 1952, worked at the Walter Reed Institute of Research for four years and then joined MIT where he taught until 2005. He has been published extensively, with works including "Process Consultation Revisited", "Career Anchors", and "The Corporate Culture Survival Guide", among many others. He continues to consult and recently has published two books on the general theory and practice of giving and receiving help ("Helping", 2009; "Humble Inquiry", 2013). He has achieved many awards and is the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award of the Academy of Management, the 2012 recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association, and in 2015 the Life Time Achievement Award in Organization Development from the International Organizational Development Network. View Guest page

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Emma Schoenfelner

Emma Schoenfelner is program coordinator at Big Beacon and program assistant for Big Beacon Radio and a 2014 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Television Writing and Producing and minor in Photography. She has worked as an Associate Producer at "Price of Admission", a movie review show on Frequency TV in Chicago, as well as working in Los Angeles for numerous production companies and in casting within the fashion industry. For many years, she has worked in the world of theatre, in both front-of-house and backstage, stateside as well as overseas in Melbourne, Australia. Emma is also a photographer, astrological blogger, and spiritual advisor. View Guest page

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Jeffrey N Shelton

Jeffrey N. Shelton is a founding co-host and producer of The Engineering Commons, a biweekly podcast that examines topics of interest to today's engineering professional. When not working on the podcast, Jeff instructs Mechanical Engineering courses for at Purdue University, indulging his passion for helping students develop an intuitive understanding of relevant engineering concepts. Jeff received a BSME from Purdue University and a MSME from Stanford University in advance of his industrial career. Working for engineering firms both large and small, he earned an MBA from Indiana University along the way. Jeff then began a decade of work as an independent consultant, specializing in the design of custom manufacturing equipment. Preparing to teach at the university level, he returned to Purdue to earn a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Jeff has been licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana since 1986. View Guest page

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Richard Sheridan


From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, Joy, Inc. author Richard Sheridan has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the Business Value of Joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one ... Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Henry Ford's recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration! Some call it agile, some call it lean—Sheridan and his team call it joyful. And it produces results, business and otherwise. Six Inc. magazine revenue growth awards, invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and so much interest they are doing a tour a day of the Menlo Software Factory™. View Guest page

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Peter Sims


Peter Sims is the founder & CEO of Parliament, inc., and a best-selling author. His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, selected as a one of the six best advice books for entrepreneurs by the Wall Street Journal and as one of the best business books of the year by The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and AmEx OPEN and he was the coauthor with Bill George of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, which was a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-seller. His articles have appeared in Medium, The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, FastCompany, Forbes, and TechCrunch. He frequently speaks or advises at corporations, associations, and universities. View Guest page

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Alan Snyder


Alan Snyder, who has led development of Lehigh’s Mountaintop initiative, is Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at Lehigh University. A bioengineer by training, his research career focused on organ replacement, and included theoretical work, hardware and embedded software, design for use by both professional caregivers and lay people, and patient care. That work, in which what happened at the bedside shaped the content of research in the lab, provided him with a particular perspective on the relationship between university research and human needs and aspirations, and on environments that bridged practical concerns with basic research as foundation for graduate and undergraduate education. He has carried that perspective into his work at Lehigh, seeking to build on the university’s tradition of relating theory to practice and working to make the research environment a critical resource for education in a residential setting. View Guest page

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Mark Somerville


Mark Somerville is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at Olin College where he currently serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development at Olin. In this capacity, he led a complete re-design of Olin’s faculty hiring, faculty development, and faculty reappointment and promotion procedures. Mark is increasingly recognized as a thought leader for the transformation of engineering education. His short courses on educational change and curriculum design are regularly attended by hundreds of faculty from scores of institutions of higher learning around the globe. A Rhodes scholar, Mark received a dual degree in electrical engineering and English from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in physics from Oxford, and MS & PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT. In 2014, he co-authored A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education with show host Dave Goldberg. He lives in Needham, MA with his wife and two children. View Guest page

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Michael Spear


Michael Spear is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Lehigh University. His research focuses on simplifying the task of writing correct concurrent software, so that programmers can take advantage of the features of modern multicore microprocessors. Mike's teaching includes a pre-major course in video game design, undergraduate courses in computer architecture and operating systems, and a graduate course in parallel computing. His Computer Science outreach connects with students from kindergarten through high school. He co-organizes the Lehigh Hackathon, a weekday event where students "cut class to build something great", and is leading a revision of Lehigh's Computer Science curriculum to make it the most modern in the world. Mike holds a BS from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rochester. He lives in Allentown, PA, with his wife and their six home-schooled children. View Guest page

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Jason Spicher


Jason Spicher is a Medical Student Design Partner working with the Penn State College of Medicine to help develop the University Park program in State College, PA. Jason grew up in Lancaster, PA and attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2015. During his undergraduate years, Jason was involved on campus as the cycling club president. He also enjoyed studying Spanish for a semester in Guatemala and Colombia. Following graduation, Jason spent a year in rural Colorado volunteering at the Alamosa County Public Health Department where he focused on epidemiology and home health. His experiences caused him to have an interest in pursuing rural primary care after medical school. In his free time he enjoys biking, skiing and cooking. View Guest page

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Jim Spohrer


Dr. James (“Jim”) C. Spohrer is Director of Cognitive OpenTech, or open source artificial intelligence. Previously, he was Director of IBM Global University Programs and IBM’s Cognitive Systems Institute Group. Jim co-founded IBM’s first Service Research group, ISSIP Service Science community, and was founding CTO of IBM’s Venture Capital Relations Group in Silicon Valley. In the 1990’s, he was awarded Apple Computers’ Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technology title for his work on next generation learning platforms. Early in his career, he was a senior scientist at Verbex, an Exxon company, working on speech recognition and machine learning. Jim has a Yale PhD in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence and MIT BS in Physics. His current team and system building focus is T-shaped innovators working to rebuild rapidly from scratch digital cognitive systems for smarter/wiser service systems. View Guest page

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Dr. Sarah Stanlick


Dr. Sarah Stanlick is the founding director of Lehigh University’s Center for Community Engagement and a professor of practice in Sociology and Anthropology. She previously taught at Centenary College of New Jersey and was a researcher at Harvard’s Kennedy School, assisting the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. She has published in journals such as /The Social Studies/ and the /Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education/. She has presented research in various arenas including the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) annual meeting, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference, and Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE). In addition to her doctorate in Learning Sciences and Technology from Lehigh University, she holds an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Lafayette College and a Masters in Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University. View Guest page

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Mark B. Stephens


Mark B. Stephens, MD, is Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in State College, PA. He received his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency Program, Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash. He is retired from the US Navy having served most recently served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. His professional interests include professional identity formation, art in medicine and exercise physiology. View Guest page

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Lynn Stewart


Lynn Stewart is the Director, Outreach and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. The primary objective of her role is to connect external partners to the Faculty of Engineering to enhance student experience (for both undergraduate and graduate students) and to promote student success and professional development. Included in her portfolio are alumni relations, co-op and career services, advancement, student recruiting, and experiential learning with a focus on activities taking place outside the classroom. Prior to assuming her current role, she was the Manager of Engineering Co-op and Career Services at McMaster University. She also holds a PhD in Anthropology. Before coming to McMaster, Lynn spent over 22 years in the non-profit sector in employment and career services, and was as well an instructor in Anthropology at McMaster. View Guest page

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Jon Stolk

Jon Stolk strives to design and facilitate extraordinary learning experiences. He creates project-based and interdisciplinary courses and programs that invite students to take control of their learning, grapple with complex systems, engage with each other and the world in new ways, and emerge as confident, agile, self-directed learners. Jon’s research aims to understand the student experience in different classroom settings, particularly with regard to the ways individuals express motivation and develop their own learner beliefs and identities. Jon works to translate education research to practice, and to assist others in creating innovative student experiences and driving educational change. Through workshops and consulting, Jon Stolk equips instructors with design tools and conceptual frameworks that enable them to understand their classrooms in new ways, to gain confidence in trying new approaches and deploying course prototypes, and to create their own person-centered curricula. View Guest page

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Alexandra Coso Strong


Dr. Alexandra Coso Strong is an assistant professor of systems design and engineering at Olin College of Engineering. Through her research and educational design work, she explores the practices and pathways of engineers and educators to support educational change and design projects. She teaches courses in human-centered and educational design, as well as engineering modeling and analysis. Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, an M.S. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from MIT. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and her doctoral research aimed to foster students’ abilities to think more broadly about complex systems design and consider stakeholder needs in design. As a post-doctoral scholar, she conducted research in future faculty development and collaborated with colleagues to design programming for educators interested in improving student learning in their courses. View Guest page

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Amelia Terrapin


Amelia Terrapin is an experienced dancer, facilitator, systems thinker and educator. Reluctant to choose between art and science, her work unites the two. By integrating her experience as a dancer and her love of science, she has developed an approach that teaches STEM concepts through movement. Amelia founded Mobius Method to use movement as a powerful tool for groups that range from schoolchildren and at-risk teens to engineers and business executives. Through movement, participants gain a deep understanding of complex ideas, build trust through shared reflection, and discover new ways to collaborate effectively. Previous clients have included Engineers Without Borders Canada, North Dakota STEM Network, Teton Science School, the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations and MetaIntegral Associates. Amelia is excited about contributing to a world where our whole selves are invited into our school and work environments, unleashing passionate, purposeful lives. View Guest page

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H. J. (Tom) Thompson

Now in his 15th year as President at Olds College, Dr. H. J. (Tom) Thompson has taken a leading role in post-secondary education for over thirty years. Dr. Thompson is recognized for serving on numerous initiatives to enhance education, leadership, governance, entrepreneurship, and community service. Public speaking engagements have extended Dr. Thompson’s influence and brought recognition to Olds College and Alberta’s post-secondary system. He represented Canada at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Re-engineering Technical Vocational Education in China and has contributed to exchanges of education and governance “best practices” around the world. Dr. Thompson obtained his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration, with a policy governance research focus. Most recently, Dr. Thompson and Olds College were honored with the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Gold Award of Excellence in Governance. View Guest page

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Sheila Tobias


Sheila Tobias has made a science and an art of being a curriculum outsider. She was trained at Harvard and Columbia Universities not in STEM but in history and politics to become what she calls a “scholar activist.” The author of 14 books, six of them having to do with opportunities and barriers for students in STEM, she is known for her pioneering work in “math anxiety” (which she named) and for identifying overlooked science students who, “are not dumb, but different.” She was supported in the 1990s for 7 years by Research Corporation of Southern Arizona to examine the impact of first year “weed-out” courses at the college and university levels, and for 13 years by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and propagate new master’s level professional programs for STEM majors, wishing to go into management careers. Her current work has to do with “About Engineering” courses for liberal arts students and in encouraging engineering graduates to prepare themselves for leadership. View Guest page

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Joe Tranquillo


Joe Tranquillo is a faculty member at Bucknell University where he co-founded the Biomedical Engineering Program, Bucknell Innovation Group, KEEN Winter Interdisciplinary Design Experience and serves as the co-director of the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management. He is a National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Fellow, NSF Pathways to Innovation Faculty Fellow, Chair of the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division and co-editor of the Morgan and Claypool Biomedical Engineering Book Series. Joe is the author of three undergraduate textbooks and his work, conducted exclusively with undergraduates, has been featured on the Discovery Channel, TEDx and CNN Health. Joe earned his BS from Trinity College, his PhD from Duke and has held positions at the Stanford and the Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. Joe lives with his wife and two children in Lewisburg, PA. View Guest page

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Shannon Varcoe


Shannon Varcoe graduated from Lehigh University in 2015 with a B.S. Integrated Degree in Engineering Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) with concentrations in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship, also at Lehigh. Shannon was a member of the first cohort of students in the LaunchBayC accelerator through the Mountaintop Experience summer research program. At Mountaintop, she focused on developing the business around a wooden building toy she invented. Shannon wants to empower kids of all ages to recognize their creative problem solving and intellectual potential through well-designed products and toys that develop these important skills. Her first product, ZYX Building Sticks will launch in May 2016 on Kickstarter. View Guest page

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Ryan Varga

Ryan Varga has degrees in New Media and Environmental Studies after studies at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and York University. His work explores issues relating to technology and education. As director of Tunnel Media in Toronto, Ontario (tunnelmedia.ca), he specializes in the production of documentaries and works with agencies, non-profits, and small businesses to help capture and tell stories in North America and around the world. LET ME DO IT is Ryan's first feature documentary. He lives in Toronto’s east end with his wife and pup. View Guest page

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Bruce Vojak


Bruce Vojak is Founder and Managing Director of Breakthrough Innovation Advisors, LLC, established to help companies survive and thrive in a volatile, complex and increasingly ambiguous world. He co-authored the ground-breaking, Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms (Stanford University Press), serves on the Board of Directors of Midtronics, Inc. and the Advisory Board of JVA Partners, periodically consults for Procter & Gamble, and regularly advises various other companies.
Earlier Bruce was Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign, was Director of Advanced Technology at Motorola, held research and business development positions at Amoco Corporation, and was on the research staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. View Guest page

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Tony Wagner


Tony Wagner currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab. Previously, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade, as well as 12 years as a HS teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. Tony is a frequent speaker at worldwide conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles & six books. Tony's latest book is Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era. Tony recently served as the Strategic Education Advisor for a major new education documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed". View Guest page

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Stuart G Walesh

Stuart G. Walesh has authored/co-authored six books, written and presented many engineering and education publications and presentations, and led hundreds of workshops and webinars. His most recent book is Introduction to Creativity and Innovation for Engineers (Pearson Education 2016). For over a decade, Stu has been active in the effort to reform the education and early experience of engineers. Stu received a BS in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University, his MSE from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. His engineering and education work has been recognized with awards from the Consulting Engineers of Indiana, the University of Wisconsin, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and Valparaiso University. View Guest page

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Phil Weilerstein


Since 1996, Phil Weilerstein has been the chief executive of VentureWell, a US- based non-profit formed to stimulate and support the incorporation of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. From the beginning, Phil’s focus for VentureWell has been to help bring socially beneficial applications of STEM inventions to market. He’s accomplished this goal by designing and overseeing programs that encourage curricular innovation and student venture creation, provide resources for faculty and student entrepreneurs, and develop community through conferences and workshops for faculty and students. Phil is a Founder and Past Chair of the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division, and a recipient of the 2008 Price Foundation Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award, the 2014 Engineering Entrepreneurship Pioneers Award from ASEE, and the 2016 Deshpande Symposium Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. View Guest page

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Matt West


Matt West is Associate Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his PhD in control and dynamical systems from the California Institute of Technology; his research interests include asynchronous and structure-preserving integrators, stochastic simulation and uncertainty quantification, and multi-scale and multi-physics simulations. Through AE3 and an NSF WIDER grant, Matt has developed and disseminated a number of innovations for teaching at scale, engaged faculty teams in renovating courses, and led efforts to implement project-based learning in the curriculum. As an AE3 Education Innovation Fellow he has provided on-the-ground help for faculty communities of practice invested in educational change. View Guest page

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Catherine Whitney

Catherine Whitney is a New York non-fiction author who has written or co-written more than 50 books in a variety of fields, including biography, memoir, sociology, women's issues, health and medicine, business, parenting, law and the courts, and social history. She co-wrote A Whole New Engineer, and she recently co-authored Lee Iacocca’s bestselling book Where Have All the Leaders Gone?, Maria Bartiromo’s The 10 Laws of Enduring Success, Robin Roberts’ From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, and Lorraine Bracco’s memoir On the Couch, and many others. Whitney specializes in a collaborative process that facilitates the “voice” and message of the author involved, and is skilled at enabling people to tell their stories. Whitney has also written critically acclaimed books in her own name, including The Calling: A Year in the Life of an Order of Nuns, The Women of Windsor: Their Power, Privilege and Passions, and Soldiers Once: My Brother and the Lost Dreams of America’s Veterans. View Guest page

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Wessel Wits


Wessel Wits is one of the core team teachers in the ATLAS programme at the University College Twente. He has been associated with the programme since the beginning and is responsible for the Design learning line as well as curriculum development and semester coordination. Wessel received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente, in 2000, 2004 and 2008, respectively. Currently, he is appointed Assistant Professor at the Laboratory of Design, Production and Management at the Faculty of Engineering Technology. He is coordinator of the Design Engineering master track and responsible for safeguarding the consistency of design-related courses throughout the Mechanical Engineering program. He teaches several courses of design in the Mechanical Engineering bachelor, master and post-graduate programs, and he is member of the Bachelor curriculum committee. View Guest page

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Pius Wong


Pius Wong is host of The K12 Engineering Education Podcast, a show dedicated to discussing engineering education before college. He also is a multidisciplinary engineer who develops games and curricula related to STEM education in the engineering consultancy of Pios Labs of Austin, TX. Before this, he originally worked as a research engineer in the fields of orthopaedic prosthetics and robotics. Following his work in industry, he developed technology and resources for a high school engineering curriculum produced by The University of Texas at Austin, training hundreds of teachers nationally from 2012-2016. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and his B.S. in Bioengineering from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005. View Guest page

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Alison Wood


Dr. Wood is a distinguished researcher in the fields of both water and sanitation, as well as sustainability solutions, through interdisciplinary approaches. Her love of learning was first fostered by an unusual elementary school education that was deeply interdisciplinary with a substantial arts curriculum. After graduating from Harvard University with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature, she worked professionally in theater and wrote and recorded two musical albums. She then returned to school to study engineering, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University in 2011. While completing her degree at Rutgers, she wrote and arranged the music and lyrics for a stage musical in collaboration with a Los Angeles based playwright. Dr. Wood went on to earn a Master of Science in Engineering in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. View Guest page

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David Wright


David Wright is a thought leader in Higher Education Strategy, an entrepreneur and investor. Commencing his career as a competition lawyer, by the age of 30 David became CEO's of a $2bn national mobile network operator. Since then David has founded 11 companies and served as a senior executive in a number of others. For the past 10 years David’s focus has been on transforming education. He has served as Vice President of one of Australia’s largest public universities (Macquarie University) and has advised over 30 other institutions on designing and executing change in education. David is currently the COO of the Capital Markets CRC Ltd - provider of big-data research, education and software to financial market participants and is the Chairman and owner of strategy design and execution firm Higher Education Consulting Group and accessibility social venture Global Access Project. View Guest page

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Yevgeniya Zastavker


Yevgeniya V. Zastavker, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Physics at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and a Visiting Professor at Northeastern University. She earned her B.S. degree in Physics from Yale University in 1995 and her Ph. D. degree in Biological Physics from MIT in 2001. Dr. Zastavker's research focuses on innovative pedagogical and curricular practices at the intersection with the issues of gender and diversity. Her current projects seek to understand students’ motivational attitudes in a variety of educational environments, the role of discourse in teamwork environments, students’ epistemologies, and the effect of Northeastern’s Student Assessed Integrated Learning framework and platform (SAIL) in development of self-directed learners. One of the founding faculty at Olin College, Dr. Zastavker has been engaged in development and implementation of project-based experiences in fields ranging from science to engineering and design to social sciences. View Guest page

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