Senior Lecturer in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, MIT

David Niño, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, where he has a strong commitment to the development of leadership among undergraduates and graduate students across MIT and among engineers, more broadly. In addition to MIT teaching, he is active in an international consortium of engineering leadership centers and a founding officer of the Engineering Leadership Development Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Prior to MIT, Niño was a faculty member in the schools of engineering and business at Rice University. He led Rice’s university-wide program in leadership development and later played a leading role in designing and establishing the university’s first four-year academic certificate in engineering leadership. He also organized a premier international conference on engineering leadership, which garnered participation from the President of the National Academy of Engineering, 28 universities, and leading companies such as Boeing, NASA, and Shell.

He has served as an advisor and board member to startups and has consulted with managers and senior executives from many industries, governments, and nations. Niño has published on the topics of organizational culture, courage, ethics, and the development of management and leadership skills. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned his B.A., B.B.A., and M.A. degrees. He lives in Waltham with his wife and three children.