Sometimes the mission and hallmarks of our Master’s degree–a STEM education to achieve better decisions through better information, a focus on collaboration and organizational learning across institutional and disciplinary boundaries, and ultimately, enlisting stellar faculty to produce stellar alums–sometimes all these crystallize in a single event: On January 26th, IKNS alumnae Aseel Buhaji and Tameka Vasquez will convene in our School’s thought leadership series “Agility 2.0” to share their expertise on how to use knowledge strategy to achieve better outcomes for early childhood development in Abu Dhabi, and to design climate-friendly urban tech solutions for New York City. They will be joined by one of our faculty, Greg Robinson, who will talk about the recent launch he led of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
Greg Robinson during the Space Telescope launch broadcast (courtesy: GRobinson)
This week I called Greg to congratulate him on a recent personal profile of him that appeared in The Washington Post. It’s a moving and impressive biography–of a boy’s journey from his early interest in science and math all the way to leading a complex international collaboration of space agencies, for humanity to learn more about the stars. I asked Greg for permission to draw attention to the Post’s article, because it so well aligns with the values of Columbia University and the specific curriculum of the IKNS degree. Said Robinson: “You know, whenever my story can inspire others – I am all for it.” As I said, sometimes everything crystallizes just right.