Robert Nakata

Robert Nakata

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2017)
  • MBA, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (2004)
  • MS Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, MIT (1985)
  • BS Electrical Engineering, MIT (1981)

Teaching Philosophy

I believe in maximizing student engagement by making the class as experiential as possible. In traditional classes, I practice the inverted classroom, where students are expected to study the materials prior to class, then apply what they’ve learned during classroom exercises. For an online class, I would mirror this approach by having students apply what they’ve learned in their assignments and relate it to their work situations.

Professional Profile

I am a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur with 35 years of experience serving as the CEO, CTO, Sr. Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Worldwide Engineering at startups and public companies and I am also a former US Air Force officer. I have taught management, design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as electrical engineering and mechanical engineering courses. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of Hawaii where I teach electrical engineering and MBA strategy classes. I am also a Visiting Professor at Ristumeikan University in Japan during the summers.

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