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Ed’s career spans across many different industries which include real estate, technology companies focused on the music and recruiting industries as well as large multi-national companies like Microsoft. Ed has been with Microsoft the past 7+ years focusing on business development and program management. He is currently the Director of Offerings & Partnerships in the 21st Century Skills Team in the World-Wide Learning organization.
Ed Steidl is an innovation enthusiast who has a strong belief that people can be trained to be more creative. He created programs that help foster early stage entrepreneurship by helping develop an entrepreneurial mindset. With this experience Ed has a unique perspective on how innovation happens around the world in both developed and developing economies.
Ed holds a BS in Molecular Biology from the University of Victoria and an MBA from ESADE in Barcelona, Spain. Ed is an active participant in high school education and current sits on the Board of Governors of Shawnigan Lake School in British Columbia, Canada.
Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.
Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.”
Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.
He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor’s from IIT Madras. Anant’s twitter handle is @agarwaledu.
Mark Cousino is the director for Functional Learning and Technology, a part of Learning, Training, and Development at The Boeing Company. In this role, his team is responsible for the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of training for Engineering, Information Technology, Finance, Supplier Management, Sales and Marketing / Global Sales, Marketing and Strategy, Program Management, Intellectual Property Management, and Project Planning & Control. His team is also responsible for all the learning technology including the Learning Management System, Learning Content Management Systems, Learning Performance Support Systems, Virtual Collaborative Environment, and Virtual Classrooms.
Before joining Boeing, Mark led General Electric’s engineering learning and development for the Power and Water division. His work concentrated on strategic creation and implementation of training activities for a global organization of nearly 19,000 engineers located in over 500 cities and 56 countries. His major responsibilities included working with business leaders to assess learning and development gaps and drive strategy for training and development, conduct competency model assessments, and support the findings with scalable learning strategies for the engineering employees across the full breadth of engineering disciplines.
Prior to working for GE, Mark led the technical training efforts for Emerson Electric’s Network Power division. He was a member of corporate training management focused on developing and delivering performance solutions that address the needs of the business. He was also responsible for the conception, financial approval, design, development, construction, transition, and grand opening of the new platform-wide training center in Westerville, Ohio. While at Emerson, Mark held several other roles such as Power Technical Support Engineer, and Large Systems Instructor.
Preceding his work at Emerson, Mark served for four years in the United States Air Force where he was a Power Production Journeyman. He was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Mark holds a master’s degree in Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Adult Education from the University of Phoenix. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Technology from Kaplan University. He holds numerous certifications including Leadership Architect from Korn Ferry, Training Design and Technical Instruction from Langevin Learning, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt from Emerson Electric and General Electric.
Throughout his career, Mark has participated in numerous community and volunteering activities. He is currently a board member for a number of organizations, including; Boeing Women In Leadership Business Resource Group, President of Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters, and former president of Roswell Robotics. He is also a member of the Association of Talent Development and the Society of Human Resources Management.
Björn is the Senior Director of the School of Applied Technology at Microsoft, an instructor at Harvard Extension school, a husband, a father of two young ladies (both excited about STEM), and proud geek.
After 23 years at Microsoft in different engineering roles Björn got exposed to MOOCs through an intern in his team. He then set his goal to join the Microsoft Learning team to be part of the learning revolution. He’s the inventor of the Multilingual User Interface, the Language Interface Packs, and holds five other software patents.
Michael Richey is an Associate Technical Fellow currently assigned to support technology and innovation research at the Boeing Company. Michael is responsible for leading a team conducting research projects to improve the learning experience for engineers and technicians. His research encompasses, Complex Adaptive Systems, Learning Curves, Learning Sciences and Engineering Education Research focusing on understanding the interplay between knowledge spillovers, innovation, wealth creation, and economies of scale as they are manifested in questions of growth, evolvability, adaptability and sustainability. Additional responsibilities include providing business leadership for engineering technical and professional educational programs. This includes development of engineering programs in advanced aircraft construction, composites structures and product lifecycle management. Michael is responsible for leading cross-organizational teams from academic, government focusing on how engineering education must acknowledge and incorporate this new information and knowledge to build new methodologies and paradigms that engage these developments in practice. Michael holds a PhD in Strategy, Programme and Project Management, with a focus on Engineering Education Research from Skema Business School, and a Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) certificate from Stanford Center for Professional Development. Michael often represents Boeing internationally and domestically as a speaker – presenter and has authored multiple patents on Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing and has published a book on Nano science education and multiple papers in lead journals addressing topics in large scale system integration and learning sciences.
Chris Roy is the Senior Director of Microsoft’s Learning and Readiness Team, a training and skills development organization reaching millions of Microsoft customers, partners and employees worldwide with innovative learning products and services that helps maximize the use of Microsoft technologies to realize their full potential. Learning empowers every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.
Chris oversees the learning product strategy, channels and learning engines of a comprehensive line of products and programs that include Microsoft Certifications, Microsoft’s authorized Learning Partner program, Online Training, Learning Sciences, Strategic partnerships and other hosted learning services. Chris’s team brings world class learning experiences to employees, partners & customers by leveraging industry best practices and Learning Sciences to deliver the right learning products and programs to narrow the skills gap.
Chris has spent the last 25 years in the education industry and focuses on innovation in learning. Prior to his current role, Chris was President of Sales for the largest New Horizons franchise located in the Northeast, a position he chose upon the sale of his business, United Training. Chris was the Founder and President of United Training, a technical training consortium for over 10 years. An organization he started to help scale his Massachusetts based training company, Pinnacle Training Corporation. Chris holds advisory and board positions in multiple education industry companies.
George Siemens researches networks, analytics, wellbeing, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at University of Texas, Arlington and cross-appointed with the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. He has served as PI or Co-PI on grants totaling more than $15m, with funding from NSF, SSHRC (Canada), Intel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, and the Soros Foundation. He has served as a collaborator on international grants in European Union, Singapore, Australia, Senegal, Ghana, and UK. He has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He holds an honorary professorship with University of Edinburgh and adjunct status with University of South Australia.
Dr. Siemens is a founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (https://www.solaresearch.org/). He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). He blogs at https://www.elearnspace.org/blog/ and on Twitter: gsiemens
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