Sara Beckman

Earl F. Cheit Faculty Fellow, 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."

Sara Beckman is a boundary spanner at UC Berkeley where she has held faculty appointments in both the Haas School of Business and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She served as Chief Learning Officer for the newly formed Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation and facilitated the creation of a multi-disciplinary Certificate in Design Innovation. She teaches programs such as Collaborative Innovation which integrates Art Practice, Theater and Dance Performance Studies, and Business perspectives on both collaboration and innovation. Sara’s research focuses on the pedagogy of teaching design and on the role of diversity on design and innovation teams for which she developed a Teaming with Diversity curriculum that is being used in classes in engineering, biological sciences, humanities and business courses at UC Berkeley as well as at a local high school. She has published case studies on design for sustainability, design roadmapping, and leveraging design approaches in sales processes. Sara directs the Product Management Program for Berkeley Executive Education.  In her time at UC Berkeley, she has received three Distinguished Teaching Awards at Haas, the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2018 the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty. Before joining UC Berkeley, Sara worked in the Operations Management Services group at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and ran the Change Management Team at Hewlett-Packard.  Sara received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and an MS in Statistics from Stanford University.

Sara also co-creates impactful custom programs for our corporate, government, and university partners.  

 
 
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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 
  • 2018 Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award
  • 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