Michele Battelli

Michele Battelli is a software engineer for the Advanced Development department at Google Inc. in Mountain View, California. He is also a member of BAIA, the Business Association Italy America in the Silicon Valley. Prior to Google, Michele was research assistant at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, were he has also been guest lecturer for graduate and undergraduate courses. In 2003 he was a researcher for the CNIT, the Italian National Consortium of Telecommunications at the University "La Sapienza" in Rome and earlier he has worked as radio engineer at the Research and Innovation Center of Alcatel in Paris. Michele holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University, and an MS and BS in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ferrara, Italy. He co-authored several publications in the field of wireless networks presented at international IEEE and ACM conferences.

Course Structure

Three parts characterize the module's content: Part 1 - Approaching Graduation In this section participants will be given insights to start creating their personal network inside and outside the graduate school. We will explore ways to carry on projects started during the graduate studies and bring them to the outside world and companies. We will also talk about the importance of participating in social and business events to build professional connections with peers and entrepreneurs. Part 2 - Culture and its effects This section will provide examples regarding companies and ventures culture and the impacts on productivity. Participants will learn more about the particular aspects of the internal company culture that made companies like Google and Ideo unique places. In particular we will talk about: Google's 20% project and employees time allocation. Ideo's brainstorming sessions. Work environment aspects with impact on productivity and creativity. Part 3 - Lab Laboratory section will provide students with the opportunity to discuss and develop their own case of study with the intent of creating the optimal cultural and productive environment for the proposed projects. Participants will select a few projects from the proposed one and work in teams to design a culturally creative environment that stimulates innovation and new ideas.