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Executive Director

Tina Seelig

Executive Director, Knight-Hennessy Scholars
Dr. Tina Seelig is Executive Director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University and Director Emeritus of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. For 23 years, Dr. Seelig was at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford School of Engineering where she served as executive director, faculty director, and professor of the practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E). She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in MS&E, Bioengineering, and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( at Stanford.

In 2014 Dr. Seelig was honored with the SVForum Visionary Award, and in 2009 she received the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, recognizing her as a national leader in engineering education. She received the 2014 MS&E Award for Graduate Teaching, the 2008 National Olympus Innovation Award, and the 2005 Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2018, Dr Seelig received the Richard W. Lyman Award which recognizes one outstanding Stanford faculty member for extraordinary service to the alumni community and Stanford Alumni Association programs.

Dr. Seelig earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine where she studied neuroplasticity. She has worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, as a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation, and was the founder of a multimedia company called BookBrowser.

She has written 17 books and educational games. Her books include The Epicurean Laboratory and Incredible Edible Science, which focus on the chemistry of cooking, published by Scientific American; and a dozen games for children, called "Games for Your Brain," published by Chronicle Books. Her newest books, published by HarperCollins, explore the process of bringing ideas to fruition. They include What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009/2019), inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity (2012), and Creativity Rules (September 2017.)