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David E. Goldberg
President & Founder

In 2010, Dave Goldberg resigned his tenure and distinguished professorship at the University of Illinois to help transform higher education in alignment with the creativity imperative of the 21st century.  Author or co-author of over 400 papers and numerous books, including a pioneering artificial intelligence text with over 70,000 citations, Dave traveled to Asia, South America, Europe, and back to North America to unlock the keys to authentic transformation and thereby unleash a new generation of students. Using his background as the co-founder of a Silicon Valley start-up, his experience in starting an educational incubator for new programs, and his training as a leadership coach, Dave works with administrators, faculty, and students to bring a new level of student and faculty engagement to classrooms the world over.  Dave’s most recent book, A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education, is available in hardcover and e-book formats.

Personal link:
Social media:,, @deg511

Mark Somerville
Athena Lin
Students for a Whole New Education

Engineering Student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Students for a Whole New Education (SWNE)

Social media: @aalin16

Joseph Tranquillo
BBMNET Program Director

Social Media: @JoeTranquillo


Core Staff
Salma Burney
Social Media Coordinator

Social Media: @VirtualGirlFri

Emma Schoenfelner
Initiative Coordinator, Big Beacon Radio Program Assistant
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