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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
Professor of Mathematics
University of California, Santa Cruz

Howard Gardner, PhD
Assessment and Curriculum Mentor
Professor of Education and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University
Co-Director of Project Zero

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


Antonio Battro, PhD
Chief Education Officer, One Laptop per Child

Mary Brabeck, PhD
Dean, Steinhardt School of Education
New York University

Red Burns, PhD
Chair, Interactive Telecommunications
Tisch School of Art

Vedic Astrologer, Kerala, South India

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

Deepak Chopra, MD
CEO and Medical Director
The Chopra Center for Well Being
Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD
David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience
Brain & Creativity Institute
University of Southern California
Hanna Damasio, MD, PhD
Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology
Director of the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center
University of Southern California
Theo Linda Dawson, PhD
President & CEO, Developmental Testing Service, LLC
Terry Dolan, PhD
Professor of English
Director, UCD website
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
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ruth Greenblatt, PhD
Education Consultant
President, RBG Associates
Danny Hillis, PhD
Co-Founder, Applied Minds, Inc.
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brain and Creativity Institute
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rossier School of Education
University of Southern California
Victor Katz, PhD
Professor of Mathematics
University of the District of Columbia
Hideaki Koizumi, PhD
Advanced Research Laboratory, Hitachi
Jaron Lanier
Interdisciplinary Scholar-in-Residence, CET
University of California, Berkeley
Leon Lederman, PhD
Nobel Prize in Physics, 1988
Founder and Resident Scholar
Illinois Math and Science Institute

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

Jin Li, EdD
Associate Professor of Education and Human Development
Education Department
Brown University
Zhong Lin Lu, PhD
William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience
Professor of Psychology and Biomedical Engineering
University of Southern California
Elizabeth McCormack, PhD
Associate, Rockefeller Family & Associates
Joe McDonald, EdD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Teaching and Learning
Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
Michael Mendenhall
President and Chief Operating Officer
Lipman Advertising

Pedro Noguera, PhD
Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
Director of the Center for Research on Urban Schools and Globalization
Stephen A. Petrill, PhD
Center for Developmental and Health Genetics
The Pennsylvania State University
Tony Phillips, PhD
Professor of Mathematics
State University of New York, Stony Brook
David H. Rose, EdD
Lecturer on Education, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program
Harvard University

Todd Rose, EdD
Research Scientist, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)

Carl Safina, PhD
Founder, Blue Ocean Institute

John Sexton, PhD, JD
President New York University
Sheldon Solomon, PhD
Professor and Courtney and Steven Ross Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies
Skidmore College
Bruce Stewart, PhD
Guest Scientist, Department of Applied Science
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Carola Suarez-Orozco, PhD
Chair and Professor of Applied Psychology
Co-Director, Immigration Studies
Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, PhD
Co-Director, Immigration Studies
New York University
Co-Director, Institute of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGems)
Terrence Tivnan, EdD
Director, Human Development and Psychology Program
Co-Director, Writing and Research Center
Harvard University
Sherry Turkle, PhD
Professor of 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
Architect and Principal
EcoDesign Collaborative
Fernando Vidal, PhD
Research Scholar
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Henry Winkler, PhD
2006 HS Graduation Speaker
Golden Globe Award–winning actor, director, producer, and author

Wei Yu, PhD
Research Center for Learning Science
South East University, Nanjing, China