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Barbara A Karanian (Lecturer)

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Personal bio
Barbara A. Karanian, Ph.D. uses applied psychology, engineering design, and art in her proven methods to make it possible for teams to find unmet user needs. She teaches some of these methods - specifically from a "storytelling" perspective - to help students understand the emotional embodiment in their work - as they progress from the idea phases of projects to reality in the School of Engineering. Founder of the Design Entrepreneuring Studio, she is the author of,"Working Connection: The Relational Art of Leadership;" "Entrepreneurial Leadership: A Balancing Act in Engineering and Science;" and "Designing for Social Participation in the Virtual Universe." With her students in ME 378, she co-athored, "The Power of First Moments in Entrepreneurial Storytelling." Findings show that the use of vulnerability amplifies engagement. Barbara makes productive partnerships with industry and creates collaborative teams with members from the areas of engineering, business, and medicine. Her recent work examines perceived differences in on-line and off-line lives; engagement with existing automation in cars, and ways to generate creative work environments. She also bridges the intersection of Silicon Valley and Hollywood in an initiative for building a predictive model of success. Barbara received her B.A. in the double major of Psychology and Fine Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, her M.A. in Art Therapy from Lesley University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Studies in Organizational Behavior from Lesley University. She was a Teaching Fellow 1990-1991 at Harvard University's GSE; and in 2013 awarded best Teaching Strategies paper by ASEE's Entrepreneurship & Innovation division. Current Courses: ME 378 Tell/Make/Engage ME 236 Tales to Design Cars By ME 243 Designing Emotion

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