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The Ross Mentor program provides access to a broad range of respected scholars and industry experts who advise faculty and students. They assist with curriculum design and development, guide action research for teaching and learning, and participate in faculty professional development workshops. Ross mentors work in their own areas of expertise throughout the world but visit regularly or instruct our professionals and students over the Internet or through videoconferencing. Some mentor lectures have become yearly traditions at Ross, their vivid language and thought-provoking ideas eagerly anticipated by the Ross community.


Ralph Abraham, PhD
Integrated Curriculum, Science, and Mathematics Mentor, Ross Institute
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Howard Gardner, PhD
Assessment and Curriculum Mentor, Ross Institute
John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

William Irwin Thompson, PhD
Integrated Curriculum and Cultural History Mentor, Ross Institute
Founder of the Lindisfarne Association


Antonio Battro, MD, PhD
Chief Education Officer, One Laptop per Child
Member, Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Mary Brabeck, PhD
Professor of Applied Psychology
Dean Emerita, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University

Red Burns, PhD
Co-Founder & Chair, Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of Art
In Memoriam

Vedic Astrologer, Kerala, South India

Georges Charpak, PhD
Experimental Research in Nuclear Physics, College de France
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1992
In Memoriam

Deepak Chopra, MD
Founder, The Chopra Center for Well Being
Adjunct Professor, Executive Programs, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Senior Scientist, Gallup
Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD
University Professor
David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience
Professor of Psychology and Neurology
Director, Brain & Creativity Institute, University of Southern California
Hanna Damasio, MD, PhD
University Professor
Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience
Professor of Psychology and Neurology
Director, Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center, University of Southern California

Theo Linda Dawson, PhD
Founder & Executive Director, Lectica

Terry Dolan, PhD
Director, UCD website
Professor of English, National University of Ireland – Dublin

Ken Dorph
Managing Director, Sag Harbor Consulting

Kurt W. Fischer, PhD
Charles Warland Bigelow Professor
Director of Mind, Brain & Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ruth Greenblatt, PhD
Education Consultant
President, RBG Associates

Danny Hillis, PhD
Co-Founder, Applied Minds, Inc.
Co-Founder, Thinking Machines Corporation
Co-Founder, Long Now Foundation
Co-Founder, Metaweb Technologies
Judge Widney Professor of Engineering and Medicine, University of Southern California

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD
Associate Professor of Education, Psychology & Neuroscience, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

Victor Katz, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of the District of Columbia

Hideaki Koizumi, PhD
Research Fellow, Advanced Research Laboratory, Hitachi

Jaron Lanier
Founder, VPL Research, Inc.
Interdisciplinary Scientist, Microsoft Research

Leon Lederman, PhD
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1988
Founder and Resident Scholar, Illinois Math and Science Academy

Mogamat-Sedick Levy
2006 HS Graduation Speaker
Former political prisoner on Robben Island, South Africa

Jin Li, EdD
Professor of Education and Human Development, Education Department, Brown University

Zhong Lin Lu, PhD
William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience
Professor of Psychology & Biomedical Engineering
Co-Director, Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center, University of Southern California

Elizabeth McCormack, PhD
Academic Administrator & Philanthropic Advisor, Rockefeller Family & Associates

Joe McDonald, EdD
Professor of Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University

Pedro Noguera, PhD
Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education
Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education
Co-Director, Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University

Stephen A. Petrill, PhD
Professor, Developmental Psychology, Ohio State University
Associate Editor, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Tony Phillips, PhD
Professor of Mathematics, Stony Brook University

David H. Rose, EdD
Lecturer on Education, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, Harvard University

Todd Rose, EdD
Faculty, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Co-Founder and President of the Center for Individual Opportunity

Carl Safina, PhD
Founder, Blue Ocean Institute
Co-Chair, Center for Communicating Science, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University

John Sexton, JD, PhD
President, New York University
Benjamin Butler Professor of Law
Dean Emeritus, NYU School of Law

Sheldon Solomon, PhD
Professor, Psychology, Skidmore College

Bruce Stewart, PhD
Guest Scientist, Department of Applied Science, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Education
Wasserman Dean, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Terrence Tivnan, EdD
Co-Director, Writing and Research Center, Harvard University

Sherry Turkle, PhD
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology
Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John Turnbull, PhD
English and Social Studies Faculty, Southampton High School
Director, Southampton Alternative School
Research Associate, Harvard’s “Project Zero”

Sim Van der Ryn
Founder, EcoDesign Collaborative

Fernando Vidal, PhD
Research Scholar
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Henry Winkler, MFA
2006 HS Graduation Speaker
Golden Globe Award–winning actor, director, producer, and author

Wei Yu, PhD
Vice President, China Association for Science and Technology, Research Center for Learning Science, South East University, Nanjing, China