In 2004, David was bestowed with the honor of becoming an Innovation Fellow at Harvard. He now teaches the most highly sought after Innovation Class at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).
As a scholar, Dr. Ricketts’s is an award winning innovator. His scientific research has won numerous awards from top governemnt research agencies and his innovations have been featured extensively in the press. Together with colleagues at Harvard, he created the Innovation in Science and Technology courses at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Dr. Ricketts has held appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and North Carolina State University.
In an effort to help organizations drive success through innovation, Dr. Ricketts travels the globe as a professional speaker and educator to deliver key insights into how individuals and organizations can spark the innovator inside and utilize those skills for future success. He has worked with some of the world’s leading innovative companies, including Mastercard, Dell, General Motors, Disney Research, and the U.S. Military.
Dr. Ricketts’ desire to improve innovation in the corporate space led him to be a driving force and partner in creating Become 2020, the inaugural edition of an innovation-focused research initiative by Mastercard and Harvard Business Review Analytic Service.
David is a cutting-edge innovator who has worked on ground-breaking inventions including a football tracking system that could one day replace the old “stick-and-chain” measurement system for calling a first down. Created in collaboration with Disney Research and engineer colleagues at Carnegie Mellon, the device, called the Magneto-Track system, uses low-frequency magnetic fields to follow a tracker embedded in the game ball.
As an innovator and scientist, Dr. Ricketts has been awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Investigator Award. His innovations have been featured by Popular Science, NBC News, CBS News, and Fox News, just to name a few.
and has performed for International Audiences.
by hand – bringing out the complexity and beauty of natural materials.
including a month aboard the Barque Picton Castle, a traditional sail training Tall Ship.