SEAS LInc ~ Innovating Pedagogy in Engineering and the Sciences

  • Todd Zickler, PhD
  • Stuart Shieber,ames O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science
  • Hanspeter Pfister, An Wang Professor of Computer Science
  • Elena Glassman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Tim Kaxiras. John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics. Director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science.
  • Rob Wood,Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Rob Howe,Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering. Co-director, Harvard MS/MBA Program
  • David Clarke, PhD- attending the LInc Workshop - Allen Downey, PhD -Eight Ways to Use Computation to Teach Everything Else
  • Robert Howe, PhD attending the SEAS LInc Faculty Luncheon- 11/15/18 - Speaker Peter Dourmashkin, PhD - Blended Learning in a TEAL classroom
  • Eric Mazur, PhD October 2017 SEAS LInc Science of Learning Speakers Series
  • Na Li, PhD
  • Greg Tucci, PhD - attending the Allen Downey, PhD Workshop -Eight Ways to Use Computation to Teach Everything Else
  • Hanspeter Pfister,An Wang Professor of Computer Science
  • Yiling Chen, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science
  • Julia Lee, Executive Director for Education and Research and Rob Wood,Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Kelly Miller, Lecturer of Applied Physics and Ruth Graham, Guest Speaker LInc
  • Pia Sorensen, PhD attending the SEAS LInc Science of Learning Speaker Series:  Encouraging Great Questions: An Invitation to Deep Scientific Understanding- James Ryan, JD -
  • Nabil Harfoush, Visiting Associate Professor in Engineering Sciences and David Clarke, Extended Tarr Family Professor of Materials
  • Aditya Ranganathan, PhD Student - Applied Physics and Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics
  • Xiao-Li Meng, PhD - attending Allen Downey, PhD Workshop -Eight Ways to Use Computation to Teach Everything Else


The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has established The SEAS Learning Incubator (SEAS LInc), whose mission is innovation of pedagogy in engineering and science. More

LInc Announces Recipients of 2021-2022 Faculty Fellowships

Congratulations to Boris Kozinsky, PhD; Dan Levy, PhD; Jia Liu, PhD; and Elsie Sunderland, PhD who have each been awarded the LInc Faculty Fellowship for the academic year 2021-2022. 


Boris Kozinsky, PhDBoris Kozinsky, PhD 
Associate Professor of Computational Materials Science
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Course Redesign: AP 275 - Computational Design of Materials 
Course Design: Spring 2022
Course Implementation: Spring 2023

Dan Levy, PhDDan Levy, PhD  
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard Kennedy School 
Course Redesign: API-201-Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods and API-209- Advanced Quantitative Methods I: Statistics
Course Design: Spring 2022
Course Implementation: Fall 2022

Jia Liu, PhDJia Liu, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering 
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Course Redesign: BE 131/ES 225 Neuroengineering
Course Design: Fall 2021 
Course Implementation: Fall 2022

Elsie Sunderland, PhDElsie Sunderland, PhD 
Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering in the Department of Environmental Health; Affiliate of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences​​​​​​
New Course Design: Establishing Interdisciplinary Courses Toward a New Joint Degree Program between the Harvard T.H. Chan and SEAS
Course Design: Fall 2021
Course Implementation: Spring 2022


Designing the classroom for deeper student engagement and feedback on learning 

MahadevanL Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics in SEAS, and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and of Physics in FAS used his SEAS Learning Incubator LInc Faculty Fellowship to emphasize active learning in his Mathematical Modeling course. He implemented a flipped classroom approach to enable students to come to class with problems and questions to collaborate on, time to develop their own problems from scratch, and work on modeling with peers.  - More

Call for Proposals: LInc Faculty Fellowships 2022-2023

Submission Deadline: 2/7/22

The Learning Incubator (LInc)  is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for LInc Faculty Fellowships for the 2022-2023 Academic Year.  A LInc Faculty Fellowship permits faculty to dedicate time normally devoted to teaching a course to the (re)-design of an existing course to implement new research-based pedagogies and improve learning gains.  More 

Linc Conversations

Ruth Graham, PhDLInc Conversations - Eric Mazur, Linc Faculty Director, engages educational leaders in conversation. Click here for more info. 

SEAS LInc Activity Report


LInc Activity Report - 2019 -2020Many thanks to all who participated in the past year!
We look forward to your participation in the coming year!

Link to SEAS LInc Activity Report

Lessons in Learning

Study shows students in ‘active learning’ classrooms learn more than they think

Learning Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerFor decades, there has been evidence that classroom techniques designed to get students to participate in the learning process produces better educational outcomes at virtually all levels. And a new Harvard study suggests it may be important to let students know it.

The study, published Sept. 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that, though students felt as if they learned more through traditional lectures, they actually learned more when taking part in classrooms that employed so-called active-learning strategies. Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff Writer, September 4, 2019  Read More 


Instrumental Lessons in Engineering

Jessica Han, A.B. ’20, a computer science concentrator, carefully sets a laser-cut record onto the record player during a lab for Engineering the Acoustical World (ES 25). (Photo by Eliza Grinnell/SEAS Communications)Rob Wood, SEAS LInc Faculty Fellow and Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences has implemented his newly designed course, Engineering the Acoustical World.  Adam Zewe of SEAS News covers reactions to the new course in his article, Instrumental Lessons in Engineering. 

Driving student engagement

Physics projects become educational, inspirational lessons for high school students, teachers 

group presenting ap50When the students in Physics as a Foundation for Science and Engineering (AP 50) began presenting their first group projects via Zoom, they were doing more than demonstrating knowledge of kinematics—they were providing educational inspiration for high school teachers and students around the world. Read More