Dr. David Ricketts, Harvard Innovation Fellow
Engaging audiences across the globe on innovation, science and technology, Dr. Ricketts guides and teaches executives, leadership teams and innovators. He helps leaders to understand the untapped value in their market and discover and solve high-impact problems, in order to outperform their competition. With an engaging and down to earth style, David works easily with organizations and individuals on many aspects of business and technology. His driving passion is to understand how individuals create new value--and how to harness that understanding--for increased business growth.
From corporate research and development (R&D) to developing new products for the consumer electronics and semiconductor industries.
Engaging and collaborating with front-line innovators in product development and research departments, he served as a strategic marketing manager and manager of new product development. Leading R&D from initial concept and intellectual property (IP) development through to testing and customer service. His work on identifying and developing high-value products in the corporate environment provides a real-world context for his research into innovation, and his process for discovering high-impact problems.
Seeking to innovate and solve difficult problems, Dr. Ricketts is an award-winning academic researcher.
He has held appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and North Carolina State University. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Investigator Award. His work has appeared in the prestigious scientific journal Nature as well as many other leading engineering journals.
David believes that the creative mind is not limited to a single discipline.
An avid tenor saxophone player, David has performed for international audiences. On the creative side, he creates fine furniture and sculpture by hand, bringing out the complexity and beauty of natural materials. He also travels extensively, and has sailed from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas, including a month aboard the Barque Picton Castle, a traditional sail training Tall Ship.