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Barbara Oakley

Professor of Engineering, Oakland University; Visiting Scholar, University of California, San Diego

Oakland University

Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE, is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; a visiting scholar at UC San Diego; and Coursera’s inaugural “innovation instructor.” Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Barbara’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal; she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in engineering education.