Distinguished Research Scientist
Mihir K. Ravel is a noted technologist and educator in electronic systems design and design-centric approaches to engineering/science education. At Olin College he has been an invited faculty, and continues as a Distinguished Research Scientist collaborating with colleagues on design-centric approaches to active learning, and on development of the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship program aimed at the challenges of extreme poverty. He has more than three decades of R&D leadership in a range of technologies spanning ultrafast electronics, optical and wireless communications, digital multimedia, environmental monitoring, and smart sensor networks. After a fortunate industry career, he divides his time between public service aimed at advancing engineering and science education, and in advising entrepreneurs and innovators focused on emerging markets. He has traveled extensively in developed and developing countries to meet with public/private-sector experts in technical education and entrepreneurship, and has served as an advisor and invited faculty at leading institutions in Asia. He is also an adviser to US state and federal agencies on STEM and design education, has served on the advisory boards for EDN magazine, the Austin Technology Council, the MIT Enterprise Forum, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and is an advisor to various early stage private ventures and non-profit educational initiatives. Prior to his education interests, Mihir was Vice-President of Technology and Corporate Development for National Instruments, a global pioneer in computer-based automation, control, and system design. At NI he led new initiatives aimed at the electronic design, wireless communications, smart sensors and education markets, and was also responsible for building the company's technology partnerships with the semiconductor and computing industries and developing leadership training in innovation and technology management. Previously he was head of Strategic Technologies for Tektronix, a global leader in high performance instrumentation and electronics, and was recognized as the company's first Business and Technology Fellow for his parallel R&D and entrepreneurial contributions. His views on the practice and teaching of systematic innovation are shaped by both his diverse industry experiences and by his early training in Physics and EE/CS at M.I.T.