Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley, PhD, a ‘female Indiana Jones,’ is one of the few women to hold a doctorate in systems engineering. She chronicled her adventures on Soviet fishing boats in the Bering Sea in Hair of the Dog: Tales from Aboard a Russian Trawler. She also served as a radio operator in Antarctica and rose from private to captain in the U.S. Army. Now an associate professor of engineering at Oakland University in Michigan, Oakley is a recent vice president of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Her current work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. At the moment, she is the leading force behind the online course “Learning how to learn” and “Mindshift”. Two incredibly useful online courses for any human being to follow. 

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