2019 Presidential Address Speaker

John Bennett is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, where he directs Inworks, a new initiative that helps faculty, students, researchers and clinicians create and innovate across widely disparate disciplinary boundaries. Prior to Inworks, Bennett directed the ATLAS Institute, a campus-wide CU Boulder initiative that explores ways in which information and communication technology (ICT) can benefit human society, and serves as the home to the first graduate program in North America in ICT for Development. Prior to directing ATLAS, Bennett was the Associate Dean of Engineering for Education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he led efforts to develop a successful engineering honors program and several other educational initiatives. Before coming to the University of Colorado, Bennett served on the faculty of Rice University for 11 years. Bennett holds MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington Seattle, and BSEE and MEE degrees from Rice University. His research interests are broadly focused in the areas of Technology and Development, STEM education, and Distributed Computing. Fourteen Ph.D. students and ten Masters students have completed degrees working with him. Bennett is the past president of the national Governing Board of Engineers Without Borders USA, and has received several teaching awards, including the W.M. Keck Foundation National Award for Engineering Teaching Excellence. He is the named inventor on two medical device patents. Prior to his academic career, Bennett founded and led two successful technology start-ups, and was an Officer in the US Navy.