Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Communications and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research center and holds a PhD from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (Chennai).
Brian Uzzi is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He also co-directs NICO, the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems and Data Science, is Director of the Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI), and is professor of Sociology and of Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the McCormick School of Engineering. His research on social networks and human achievement has appeared in Nature, Science, PNAS, Harvard Business Review, and leading sociology, management, and computer science journals and proceedings. He is also the author of three books, including: Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology. (Cambridge University Press 2000) and Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. (National Academy of Sciences 2015). Brian has a PhD in Sociology from Stony Brook University and an MS in Organizational Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.
Laura Norén is an ethnographer and postdoctoral associate at the New York University Center for Data Science where she leads the Data Science Studies Working Group funded by the Alfred P. Sloan and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations. Her research focuses on the sociotechnical and organizational dynamics surrounding creative and scientific processes and practices.