Sara Beckman
University of California Berkeley

Sara Beckman is a boundary spanner at UC Berkeley where she has held faculty appointments in business and mechanical engineering. She was the inaugural Chief Learning Officer for the Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation and facilitated the creation of a multi-disciplinary Certificate in Design Innovation. She teaches courses such as Collaborative Innovation integrating Art Practice, Theater and Dance Performance Studies and Business. Sara’s research focuses on the pedagogy of teaching design and the role of diversity on innovation teams for which she developed a Teaming with Diversity curriculum that is being used in classes across the campus. She has published case studies on design for sustainability, design roadmapping, and leveraging design approaches in sales processes. Sara directs the Product Management Program for the Berkeley Center for Executive Education, and works with a wide variety of companies teaching and helping them implement design and innovation practices. She has received three Distinguished Teaching Awards at Haas, the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty. Sara worked at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and HP, and received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Statistics from Stanford University.