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Barrett Hazeltine
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Barrett Hazeltine is Professor of Engineering at Brown University. In 1991-1992 he held the Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Baylor University. From 1972 to 1992 he was also Associate Dean of the College at Brown. His teaching and research interests are in technology planning especially in developing countries, computer applications, engineering management, and teaching of technology for Liberal Arts students.

He is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan - Ph.D. - 1962. At Michigan he was in the research group headed by Arthur Burks, who had worked with John Von Neumann at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Institute for Advanced Studies

He has taught computing, engineering, and management at the University of Zambia in 1970 and 1976, at the University of Malawi in 1980-81, 1983-84, and 1988-89, at the University of Botswana in 1993, and Africa University in Zimbabwe in 1996-97 and 2000. He received awards for teaching from thirteen senior classes at Brown, 1972 to 1984, and 1990. In 1985 the award was named after him. He has written papers on digital logic, technology transfer, and engineering education, a textbook on electronic circuit design and a textbook on small-scale technologies.


 My robot gets me: how social design can make new products more human
Diana C., Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, MA, 2021. 304 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-633694-42-2)

The subtitle--how social design can make new products more human--is accurate. Most running exemplars are robots, but Alexa and the Roomba robot vacuum and others also show up. We are living in a time when tech...


 Kings of crypto: one startup’s quest to take cryptocurrency out of Silicon Valley and onto Wall Street
Roberts J., Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, MA, 2021. 236 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-633698-70-3)

Kings of crypto is a fun read about a Bitcoin exchange startup. It begins with a readable exposition of blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Blockchains are basically distributed ledgers that show every pertinent transaction. The l...


 The agile leader: leveraging the power of influence
Šochová Z., Pearson, Boston, MA, 2020. 368 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-366604-28-6)

The author states that The agile leader allows the reader to “sample the various concepts and principles of agile leadership.” Some familiarity with Scrum and agility would be helpful beforehand. Agility basi...


What is hard about teaching machine learning to non-majors? Insights from classifying instructors’ learning goals
Sulmont E., Patitsas E., Cooperstock J. ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE) 19(4): 1-16, 2019.  Type: Article

What learning goals do instructors of machine learning courses for non-majors find difficult to teach? The answer is goals corresponding to higher levels in a generally used taxonomy of educational goals. Such higher-level goals includ...


Deciphering the attributes of student retention in massive open online courses using data mining techniques
Gupta S., Sabitha A. Education and Information Technologies 24(3): 1973-1994, 2019.  Type: Article

This paper aims to explain why only a small portion of the students enrolled in a massive open online course (MOOC) actually complete the course. Completion rates in MOOC courses range from ten to 30 percent. The conclusions presented,...


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