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The School for the Future of the Innovation in Society presents a faculty seminar with Khanjan Mehta as he discusses the art and science of getting things done, and how to teach it to students.  

Seminar: From Creative Inquiry to Sustainable Impact
Monday, March 26, 2018
3 p.m.
Peralta Hall (PRLTA) 207, Polytechnic campus [map]


Millions of new ideas emerge from academia every year. Ideas for new products and new policies, new plays and new pedagogies, new questions and new answers. Ideas that can solve problems and build a freer, fairer, friendlier, and more sustainable world. It all starts with an idea…but ideas by themselves are worthless.

The challenge is in the execution–in taking the lead, playing by strengths and getting things done in an effective, harmonious and ethical manner. How do we teach students the art and science of getting things done? This fast-paced and candid talk will employ a series of micro case-studies to provide practical and actionable insights on how to build curricular programs and engagement ecosystems that traverse the journey from creative inquiry to achieving measurable, tangible impacts.


Khanjan Mehta is the inaugural Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director of the Mountaintop Initiative at Lehigh University. Mehta champions the creation of learning environments and ecosystems where students, faculty and external partners come together to increase their capacities for independent inquiry, take intellectual risks and learn from failure, recognize problems and opportunities, as well as effect constructive and sustainable change.

Previously, Mehta was Founding Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program at Penn State University. Mehta serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and Contribut­ing Editor for the Engineering 4 Change portal. His latest book, Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It), takes a deep dive into STEM careers in social innovation and global sustainable development.

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