Sara Beckman

Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business
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"Don't try to do all of it in your own head, take the ideas back out to the community and test, or experiment with them."

Dr. Sara Beckman teaches new product development and manufacturing and operations management at the University of California’s Haas School of Business.  In nearly twenty years at the Haas School, she has developed, institutionalized and directed the school’s Management of Technology Program, initiated new courses on design, entrepreneurship in biotechnology, and new product development, won four awards from MBA students for excellence in teaching, and received the Berkeley campus Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Beckman has also taught for Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and been a visiting faculty member at MIT in both 1994 and 1999 where she taught in the Leaders for Manufacturing Program. 

Prior to and concurrent with her involvement at the Haas School, Sara Beckman worked for the Hewlett-Packard Company, most recently as Director of the Product Generation Change Management Team.  This group was responsible for supporting strategic decision-making, workforce planning and design, manufacturing education and training, and environmental, health and safety management throughout the company.  Before joining HP and the Haas School, Sara Beckman worked in the Operations Management Services practice at Booz, Allen and Hamilton where she developed manufacturing strategy in a number of diverse industries from pharmaceuticals to aerospace.

Dr. Beckman has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at Stanford University and an M.S. in Statistics from the same institution. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Materials Holding Corporation and the Corporate Design Foundation.

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Academic Background 

PhD, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University

MS, Statistics, Stanford University

MS, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University

BS with Distinction, Industrial Engineering, Stanford University

Publications & Media

Videos 

The Merging of Design & Product Development

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A Look Inside the Product Management program

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Disruptive & Sustaining Technologies

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Design Thinking & Innovative Cycles

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Awards & Honors 
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Full-Time MBA Program, 2003, 1992, 1990
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1977
  • Tau Beta Pi, 1977
  • Berkeley Campus Distinguished Teaching Award, 2001
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Evening & Weekend MBA Program, 1990
Academic Background 

PhD, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University

MS, Statistics, Stanford University

MS, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University

BS with Distinction, Industrial Engineering, Stanford University

Publications & Media

Videos 

The Merging of Design & Product Development

WATCH VIDEO

A Look Inside the Product Management program

WATCH VIDEO

Disruptive & Sustaining Technologies

WATCH VIDEO

Design Thinking & Innovative Cycles

WATCH VIDEO
VIEW MORE