Spring 2013 Distinguished Speaker Series
Date: Friday, March 29, 2013
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: 431 Stearns Center
Topic: Engineering Projects as Socio-Technical Systems: Uncovering the Impact of Cultural Differences in Teamwork Across Boundaries
Bryan founded Global Project Design (GPD) in 1999 to innovate next-generation project practices and tools to match the complexity of modern work. With more than 14 years of ongoing research and global industrial deployments, GPD has crafted transformative services powered by a method called Project Design and a software platform called TeamPort.
As a researcher from 1994-1999 at the University of Tokyo, Bryan pushed forward methods and cases for high performance global teaming. For a decade with United Technologies, Bryan led technology development partnerships and complex programs in Asia, creating strategic collaboration with industries, universities and national programs. In the late1980’s Bryan was one of the first foreign engineers at Nissan Motor Company in Japan.
Bryan earned a doctorate in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo, where he now leads multidisciplinary research on complex socio-technical systems. He also has degrees in Computer Science and Technology & Policy both from MIT, where he received the Karl Taylor Compton Award, Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship and Alumni Award for Excellence in Technology and Policy. He is a Lecturer at MIT and Adjunct Faculty at University of Denver on complex project management.