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Barbara Karanian (Lecturer)

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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 in her classes - from a "storytelling" perspective - to help students understand the emotional embodiment in their work - to facilitate change - 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;""Designing for Social Participation in the Virtual Universe;" and "To Inhibit or Invite: Collaboration from Far Away." With former ME 378 students, she co-authored, "The Power of First Moments in Entrepreneurial Storytelling." Findings show that vulnerability amplifies engagement. Barbara makes productive partnerships with industry, creating collaborative teams with members from the areas of engineering, business, and medicine. Her recent work: examines the emotional characterization of innovation in leadership; gendered perceptions of entrepreneurial leadership; engagement with modes and modalities of transportation; and ways to engage and generate professional learning environments with a lab+capital component. She continues work bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and Hollywood in an initiative for building an entrepreneurial storytelling visualization model with Digital Film Tree. Barbara received her B.A. in the double major of Experimental 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 at Harvard University's GSE. Awarded: 1st place distinction for Best Research paper in 2019; and Best Teaching Strategies paper in 2012 for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Current Courses: ME 378 Tell/Make/Engage:Action Stories for Entrepreneuring, ME 236 Tales to Design Cars By, ME 243 Designing Emotion, ME 191 Engineering Problems and Experimental Investigation

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