Bruce Hecht is with Analog Devices Global Operations & Technology where he applies over 25 years’ experience in from R&D through deployment of New Products and New Technologies in hardware, software, and systems engineering. Bruce’s focus is on the intersection of design, learning, and leadership and has successfully grown new product portfolios in instrumentation and industrial products, healthcare devices and systems, and automotive electronic and mechatronic systems.
From Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Bruce has founded software, hardware, and learning organizations. His entrepreneurial adventures have brought him to the Shad Valley program, the London International Youth Science Forum, and the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) based at the Cambridge Innovation Center. He holds a Certified Achievement in Alliance Management from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt through the American Society for Quality. Bruce is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for INCOSE and serves on several working groups including Product Line Engineering, Systems Security Engineering, and Systems Science.
Bruce is an IEEE Senior Member and has served as guest editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. He is currently a member of the steering committee for the IEEE Design & Test Magazine. He has served in many conference roles, including the launch of the IEEE Future Leaders Forum, and serving as the Technical Program Committee Chair and General Chair of local and international conferences, including Bipolar/BiCMOS Technical Meeting (BCTM) at sites from Boston to Bordeaux. He is on the Leadership Boards for the IEEE EMBS, SSCS, Biometrics Council, and the IEEE Sensors Council.
In 2017, Bruce achieved the Executive Certificate in Management & Leadership in the Greater Boston Leadership Program at MIT and was 2014-2016 MIT Advanced Study Fellow. He now serves as a mentor and advisor for participants in the MIT Systems Design and Management program connecting systems engineering, systems, architecture, and methodology for safety and security engineering.
In 2019, Bruce began building on this work through coaching executive leaders and technical professionals through the Brown University / ACT program in Coaching for Leadership and Performance, and how these skills are being used to enhance systems engineering knowledge and capacity.
Together with educator and innovation champion, John Werner, Bruce co-founded the educational startup Ideas in Action, producing over 800 TEDxBeaconStreet talks that have reached over 100M people around the globe. He shares curiosity-driven design with his family and 3 children in Brookline, Massachusetts and at opportunities for action-based learning, most recently at the 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City hosting a workshop on “Design for Action” in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (#TeachSDGs).
See Bruce’s TEDx Talk and read more about applying design methods to challenge opportunities in this IEEE Entrepreneurship article: Seeing Future Human Potential from Space at the 2017 EMBC Design Challenge