Our Visiting Fellows
Mr. Benjamin M. Rosen, Engineer in Residence
Mr. Rosen is the founder of KentPresents, an ideas festival in Kent, CT featuring luminaries in visual arts, economics, education, energy, environment, food, global affairs, health, medicine, humanities, human rights, innovation, media, national issues, performing arts, science and technology. KentPresents is a charitable organization that supports non-profit organizations in Kent and nearby communities. Mr. Rosen is the former Chairman and former Acting Chief Executive Officer of Compaq Computers. In 1986, Rosen joined the board of the California Institute of Technology, where he served as chairman for four years and is currently Chairman Emeritus and Life Trustee. He also co-founded the venture capital company Sevin Rosen Funds. He is an emeritus member of Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and an emeritus director of The New York Philharmonic Society board of directors. He served on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He received a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 1954, and M.S. from Stanford University in 1955, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1961. Mr. Rosen is married to Donna Perret Rosen, owner of Galerie Simone Stern in New Orleans. He has two sons, Jeffrey Rosen and Eric Rosen.
Dr. Sujata K. Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D., PE, Visiting Fellow in Bioengineering
Dr. Sujata Bhatia is a physician, bioengineer, and professionally licensed chemical engineer. She is an Associate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a faculty member in the Harvard Kennedy School’s executive education program in Innovation for Economic Development. She is also Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware, a top 10 program in chemical engineering.
Her work has included the development of bioadhesives for wound closure, the development of minimally invasive medical devices, the development of microspheres for the minimally invasive treatment of cancerous tumors and the research of omega-3 fatty acids for heart health. She is the author of four books: Biomaterials for Clinical Applications; Engineering Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine; Medical Devices and Biomaterials for the Developing World: Case Studies in Ghana and Nicaragua; and Naturally Based Biomaterials and Therapeutics: The Case of India. She has served on panels and committees for the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, Institute of Medicine, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Bhatia graduated from the University of Delaware in 1999 with Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She received her combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Mr. Thomas M. Sanderson, Visiting Fellow in International Relations
Mr. Sanderson is the Director and Senior Fellow of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he investigates terrorism, transnational crime, global trends, and intelligence issues. Mr. Sanderson delivered the Cyrus Vance ’35 Lecture at Kent School in December, 2014 and returned to Kent in May, 2015 for a presentation on Global Threats and Trends. Mr. Sanderson has conducted field research in more than 60 countries and has authored or coauthored 15 reports, as well as opinion pieces, debates, and articles in The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, West Point Counterterrorism Center Sentinel, and Harvard Asia-Pacific Review. Mr. Sanderson has led studies on emerging trends in terrorism in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He has also directed studies on al Qaeda and on violent extremism in Europe and Southeast Asia. He serves as a course instructor and consultant for the U.S. government and the private sector on terrorism, geopolitics, and global threats. He previously worked at Science Applications International Corporation, conducting research on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s office of counterterrorism. Mr. Sanderson completed a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, and he held a fellowship at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He holds a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Mr. Keith Weigelt, Visiting Fellow in Business
Keith Weigelt is the Marks-Darivoff Family Professor of Strategy at The Wharton School, and a Professor of Education at The Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He is the course head of Management 653 – Field Application Project (FAP). More than 300 MBAs take the applied strategy class each year. Keith is a game theorist and his teaching focuses on the theory’s relevance to the business world. He is the recipient of Wharton School Excellence in Teaching Awards for both his negotiation and strategy classes.
Keith has extensive experience in the social impact field. He has worked extensively with microfinance institutions both in the United States and abroad. He teaches classes on both microfinance and the management of disaster relief.
Keith has assumed the role of an activist professor. He is the founder and director of Building Bridges to Wealth (BBTW). BBTW is an innovative Wharton based program that teaches business literacy to grammar and high school students and to adults. The goal of the program is to increase the wealth of families living in inner city neighborhoods. More than 900 adults have taken the adult business literacy program. Classes are free and held either in the evening or on weekends. BBTW’s program is unique because it offers participants the opportunity to form communities of wealth after graduation. The communities are composed of peer-to-peer savings groups, mutual fund investing groups, and a microloan fund. More than 400 participants have contributed roughly $60,000 to investing groups as of April, 2014. The current savings group has over sixty members and will generate a lending pool of over $75,000. Professor Weigelt has published numerous articles in management and economics journals. He is the coauthor of Managerial Economics (seventh edition) a book that is the category leader in the global education market. His articles have also appeared in several books and the popular press. Professor Weigelt’s SEEK Entrepreneurship program has been running for five years and was instrumental to acquiring the building located at 23 North Main for the use as Pre-Engineering and Applied Sciences Center. Indeed, four years ago, the project based work of SEEK Entrepreneurship participants was to study the feasibility of the purchase of the building.