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  • Woodie Flowers Professor Emeritus, MIT,

    1. Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He helped create MIT's renowned INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN COURSE. Flowers also received national recognition in his role as host for the PBS television series Scientific American Frontiers from 1990 to 1993 and received a New England EMMY Award for a special PBS program on design. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and has received three honorary doctorates. He is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education at MIT where he is a member of the faculty advisory committee for MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Woodie Flowers Award from FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). He recently received the Edward F. Church Medal and the Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award from ASME. Currently, Flowers is a director or scientific advisor for four companies. He is also national advisor and chairman of the executive advisor board for FIRST.
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  • Sarah Stein Greenberg Managing Director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design,

    1. Has been managing director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (also known as the d.school) since 2010. Previously, she worked in the innovation practice of Monitor Group in the US and India, and advised multinational companies on developing innovation capabilities. Her background includes developing new products and services in a number of emerging markets in Asia and Africa. In the classroom, Stein Greenberg has co-taught the d.school's foundational class, Design Thinking Bootcamp, and its renowned course on design for the developing world, Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability. She recently launched an experimental new program featuring short-format “pop-up” classes. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in history from Oberlin College. Among other pursuits she spends her free time scuba diving, displaying the embarrassing level of enthusiasm that only an amateur can.
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  • Richard K. Miller President of Olin College of Engineering,

    1. Appointed president and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999. He came to Olin from the University of Iowa, where he served as dean of the College of Engineering since 1992, having spent the previous 17 years on the engineering faculty at USC in Los Angeles and UCSB in Santa Barbara. With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, Miller is the author of more than 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. Together with two Olin colleagues, he received the 2013 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for innovation in engineering and technology education. A member of the NAE, he received the Marlowe Award for creative and distinguished administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education in 2011.
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  • Srikant M. Datar Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor

    1. Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor at Harvard University. A graduate with distinction from the University of Bombay, he received gold medals upon graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, as well as from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. Datar is a chartered accountant and holds two master's degrees and a PhD from Stanford University. He is coauthor of Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads (Harvard Business Press, 2010).
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  • Miller served as chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the US National Science Foundation and has served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the NAE, and the US Military Academy at West Point. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank in the establishment of new universities. A frequent speaker on engineering education, he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California at Davis, where he earned a BS degree. He earned his MS from MIT and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology.

Abstract

Being a “gracious professional” is the key to leadership, whether you’re an engineer, a scientist, or an MIT professor.

As managing director of Stanford University's d.school, this Renaissance woman spends her time developing “adaptive learners.”

Olin College's first president (and first employee) has plenty to say about engineering—and education.

Rethinking the MBA at Harvard Business School.

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