Azita Hirsa

About

Education & Training

Ph.D., Management, Dissertation: "Structuring Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Resource Mobilization in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology Teams",  Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

M.Sc., Technology and Organizational Behavior, Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.Sc. (Honors), Major: MIS, Minor: Social Psychology, Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research

Primary Research Focus
Engineering and Emerging Technology Ethics, Ethics of Modeling, Management of Engineering and Technology , Professional Development, Organizational Behavior, Cultural Analysis and Ethnography

Recognition

Awards & Honors

Schacht Faculty Research Grant, The Sage Colleges, “Structuring an Interdisciplinary Classroom: How Students Collaborate in a Biotechnology Course.”

The Women of Distinction Faculty Award, The Sage Colleges (Russell Sage College Business and Communications Club & School of Management

Rensselaer Master Teaching Fellowship

PhD Senior Fellowship, Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Graduate Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Publications

Conference Presentations and Publications:

Hirsa, A., Harper, T., (2017) “Who are you? Where are you from? From Self-Identity to Social Identity to Organizational Identity “, Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS) 

“Leading a Culture of Empathy, Compassion and Gratitude in the Workplace” (2016), Program Presentation at the Capital Region Human Resource Association (CRHRA - An Affiliate of Society of Human Resource Management), Clifton Park, NY ** Presentation approved by the HR Certification Institute and SHRM for General Credit.

Hirsa, A., Szabo, Z., Kalsher, M., Plopper, G. (August 2013), “Building an Interdisciplinary Classroom environment: Integrating Sociological, Psychological, and Pedagogical elements to Train Biologists and Engineers”, AAAS Vision and Change in Biology Undergraduate Education: Chronicling Change, Inspiring the Future Conference, Washington, DC

Half the Sky:  Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide – Salon screening and discussion,  (2013), The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY 

Hirsa, A., Restivo, S. (2008) “Nanotechnology” in S. Restivo and P. H. Denton (eds.) Battleground: Science and Technology, Vol. 2, pp. 307-310, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Baron, R.A., Markman, G.D., Hirsa, A., “Perceptions of Women and Men as Entrepreneurs: Evidence for Differential Effects of Attributional Augmenting.” Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 86 (5) October 2001, pp. 923 – 929

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Leaders in Action Conversations

The aim of Leaders in Action Conversations is to create a platform for current students and recent graduates to learn from the experiences of accomplished alumni. These conversations provide a unique opportunity for students to gain insights into real-world challenges and successes, allowing them to make informed decisions about their future paths.

 

Upcoming Conversations:

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Dr. Rick Carter  During this session, host Professor Azita Hirsa will discuss the “evolution and rebirth of the semiconductor industry and leadership in a dynamic geopolitical environment” with Dr. Rick Carter, Senior Director of Globalfoundries.  Participants will also be able to ask questions about any relevant aspects of the topic.  Date: Friday, July 12, 2024, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in CBIS Auditorium 

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Trustee Dr. John Bennett ’74  Date: Monday, July 29, 2024, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM in CBIS Auditorium - Details TBA

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Trustee Dr. John Capek B.S. ’83, M.E. ’84, M.E. ’85, MBA ’87, Ph.D. ’88  Date: Thursday, August 1, 2024, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM in CBIS Auditorium - Details TBA

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Trustee Thomas Capek '86  Date: Thursday, September 26, 2024, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM in CBIS Auditorium - Details TBA

 

Past Conversations:

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Trustee TJ Wojnar ’80  The RPI community is invited to join Professor Azita Hirsa and Trustee TJ Wojnar Jr. '80 (retired) Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning at ExxonMobil Corp., as they discuss factors that influence ethical decision-making, corporate strategy planning, and how business actions and choices align with societal values and standards. Participants will be able to ask questions. Date: Thursday March 28th, 2024, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm in the CBIS auditorium

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Marc Eigner ’97, ’99G, ’99MBA During this session, host Professor Azita Hirsa will discuss leadership in action with Marc Eigner ’97, ’99G, ’99MBA, Executive Chairman of the Board of Datacubed Health.  Marc will discuss his experience starting, growing and selling an ethics and compliance based pharmaceutical software and consulting business, focusing on ethics as a business, as well as ethics related decisions faced by entrepreneurs. Participants will also be able to ask questions about any relevant aspects of the topic. Date: Monday, March 18, 2024, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM in CBIS Bruggeman

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Dr. Paul DeLeo ‘92 During this session, host Professor Azita Hirsa will discuss leadership in action with Dr. Paul DeLeo ‘92, Senior Director at American Chemistry Council.  Paul will discuss topics such as bias, conflicts of interest, and scientific integrity associated with business decisions in the chemical industry.  Participants will also be able to ask questions about any relevant aspects of the topic. Date: Thursday February 29, 2024;  Noon – 2:00 pm; CBIS Auditorium

Leaders in Action: Conversation with John E. Kolb '79, P.E.  As RPI gets ready to become the first university in the world to house the IBM Quantum System One, join host Prof. Azita Hirsa as she discusses leadership in action with John E. Kolb '79, P.E., Vice President, Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer. Participants will learn what it takes to place a technological institution at the top as Kolb has done through his dedication, and will be able to ask questions. Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Dr. Jason Eichenholz '93 Host Professor Azita Hirsa will discuss leadership in action with Dr. Jason Eichenholz '93, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Luminar Technologies, who will share his entrepreneurial career and RPI's profound impact on his professional success. Participants will be able to ask questions about any relevant aspects of the topic and can enjoy networking and refreshments from noon until 12:30, followed by the discussion itself at 12:30. Date: Friday, February 9, 2024 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  in CBIS Auditorium

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Trustee Linda Jojo '87 During this session, Prof. Azita Hirsa will discuss leadership in action with Trustee Linda Jojo as she shares her leadership experiences in the 21st century. Trustee Jojo will also answer questions about any relevant aspects of the topic that may be useful to attendees. Date: Monday, November 13, 2023 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in CBIS Bruggeman

Leaders in Action: Conversation with Trustee Roy Davis '78  During this session, Prof. Azita Hirsa will discuss leadership in action with Trustee Roy Davis as he shares his leadership experiences, discusses what characterizes good leaders and good leadership, as well as how to communicate effectively in the workplace.  Trustee Davis will also answer questions about any relevant aspects of the topic that may be useful to attendees. Monday, July 17, 2023 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the CBIS Auditorium 

“Ten questions for Trustee Roy Davis '78 about Corporate Ethics" Members of the RPI community are invited to join Professor Azita Hirsa and Trustee Roy Davis as they discuss ethical considerations in organizational settings. Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the CBIS auditorium

 

 

Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science Webinars

Lockheed Martin Ethics in Engineering Competition


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Competes in Lockheed Martin’s Seventh Annual Ethics in Engineering Competition - 2024

Students Aaron Sucov and Dominic Smith traveled to Lockheed Martin headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, to compete in the seventh annual Ethics in Engineering Competition that took place Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2024.

More than 200 students and faculty from colleges and universities across the U.S. participated this year to present solutions to a business ethics case. This year’s hypothetical case highlighted the responsible use of Artificial Intelligence to assist NASA with accurately quantifying the risk of a collision between a detected asteroid and Earth.  Competitors were challenged to work together to find a solution to help determine if an asteroid detected by an existing ground-based telescope is a concern.

RPI competed against Hampton University, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, and University of Connecticut in the competition. In the finals, Rice University emerged victorious over runner-up The Citadel.  The quarterfinals featured students from Drexel University, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University, and University of Southern Mississippi.
During this year’s event, students learned about Lockheed Martin’s mission, attended HR-sponsored workshops, participated in a paper airplane competition, and went on off-site tours.
Students also had opportunities to experience simulators and try out virtual reality stations.

Participants heard from Lockheed Martin executives and a panel of employees who are part of LM’s Early Career Leadership Development Program.

Featured speaker Bob Behnken, LM’s Director of Ignite Technology Acceleration and former astronaut, shared his experiences in space and talked about his current role at LM. He was joined by LM Program Manager Sandra Freund who shared her experiences leading the OSIRIS-REx Mission.

Lockheed Martin hosts this annual event in partnership with our faculty advisors to help students consider the importance of addressing ethical business practices in the fast-paced world of technology. As college students prepare to enter the workforce, exposure to case competitions provides an opportunity to explore their ethical decision-making processes.

To learn more about the event, please reach out to Prof. Azita Hirsa at hirsaa3@rpi.edu

 

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