Lunch and Learn Webinars

Learn about contemporary topics in Engineering Management and a program overview of our online Master’s degree as well as benefits to employers and their employees. 

Leading Effectively in a Virtual Workplace - featuring Robert Newman


Managing remote teams presents new challenges to even seasoned leaders. We will discuss strategies for leading technical teams in the virtual workplace with a focus on soft skills and the human side of project and team management.

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Robert NewmanRobert Newman's teaching focuses on developing critical skills for leadership, including: emotional intelligence, individual and team behavior, conflict management and other soft-skills for project managers;  business savvy, effective communication, economic analysis, negotiation prowess, managing contracts and IP, ethics, and engineering management decision making. Prior to joining Cornell, Robert has over 20 years experience as a successful manager with an outstanding track record of delivering organization development and growth at global providers of technology, capital equipment, consumables, and support services at world-leading organizations.  He successfully managed the integration of teams following four acquisitions, and performed a very successful business turn around.  


Managing a Culture of Innovation - featuring Andrea Ippolito

Innovation is not just ideas, but getting ideas to measurable impact for your customers or employees. In this webinar, Andrea Ippolito discusses a systematic approach for developing and supporting a culture of innovation.

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Andrea IppolitoAndrea Ippolito is a Lecturer in the Engineering Management Program at Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell, she served as the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Innovators Network within the VA Center for Innovation and was a Presidential Innovation Fellow based out of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and General Services Administration. Andrea Ippolito teaches Product Management, Developing and Managing a Culture of Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.


Planning in a Changing World - featuring Patrick Reed

Modern decision making requires a careful balance of economic development, environmental sustainability, and evolving uncertainties. Framing decision alternatives can help plan for complexity and uncertainty, which is especially relevant in these challenging times.

Pat ReedDr. Patrick Reed’s Decision Analytics for Complex Systems research group has a strong focus on the sustainability of Food-Energy-Water systems given conflicting demands from ecosystem services, expanding populations, and climate change. The tools developed in Dr. Reed’s group bridge complexity science, risk management, economics, multiobjective decision making, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing. Dr. Reed is the Director of the Engineering Management Program and Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Cornell University. He teaches Introduction to Decision Analysis.

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Regional Disaster Risk Modeling - featuring Linda Nozick

How do you untangle the kinds of complex problems organizations and stakeholders face? It's essential to see the network as a whole and avoid thinking about issues in isolation. Dr. Linda Nozick leads a discussion about Regional Disaster Risk Modeling with a case study from coastal areas affected by natural disasters. This virtual seminar is part of the Cornell Engineering Management Lunch & Learn Series which features our instructors and faculty sharing insights on contemporary topics.

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lindaDr. Linda Nozick develops mathematical models for use in the management of complex systems. She has particular interest in systems that can be represented mathematically as networks, including transportation and logistics systems, civil infrastructure networks and project networks. Her work at the intersection of planning and policy has been used by the National Security Enterprise, Homeland Security, and numerous groups in the intelligence community. Dr. Nozick is Professor and Director of Civil and Environmental Engineering and she teaches Data Analytics in the Engineering Management Program.