Bruce W. Ferguson is an educator, entrepreneur and investor with a lifelong interest in technology-based innovation.
He joined American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) as president on August 1, 2016. Prior to joining AUIS, he served as Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Systems and Management, and as the founding Head of the Institute Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Ferguson is a co-founder and former Chief Operating Officer of Orbital Sciences, a space technology company that merged with Alliant Techsystems and was acquired by Northrop Grumman in 2018; a co-founder and former chief executive officer of Edenspace Systems Corporation, a biotechnology company; and an early-stage investor in more than a dozen technology companies.
He served as vice chair of the Carnegie Institution for Science from 2013-2019 and is currently a trustee. He is also a former Fellow at the George Washington University Center for International Science and Technology Policy and former vice chair of the Kansas State University Research Foundation. He has lived and studied abroad a total of thirteen years in East Asia, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, and has traveled to more than forty-seven countries.
Professor Ferguson received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an Ed.M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an A.B. degree magna cum laude in Government from Harvard College, where he was an honorary Harvard National Scholar. Following his graduation from college, he studied political science for a year at Delhi University as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. In 1999, Ferguson received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. He and his wife Heather Sandiford have two children.
Ferguson’s research and teaching interests include entrepreneurship, technology management and finance, and the “innovation ecosystem” that fosters creation of new products and services.
Ferguson, B.W., Abdulrahman, N.A., and Abdulrahman, Y.A. Keep it Clean. Case Study 2014-01, April 8, 2014, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Ferguson, B.W., Editor. UAE Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2013: Summary and Recommendations. Masdar Institute Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Abu Dhabi, December 2013, ISBN 978-0-9916271-0-3.
Ferguson, B.W. “Ecosystem Innovation.” 14 The National 3 March 2013.
Elless, M.P., B.W. Ferguson, C.A. Bray, S. Patch, H. Mielke, and M.J. Blaylock. “Collateral Benefits and Hidden Hazards of Soil Arsenic During Abatement Assessment of Residential Lead Hazards.” Environmental Pollution 156:20-28 (2008).
Ferguson, B.W. “Systems Agriculture: Towards a Sustainable Agricultural and Environmental Policy.” NABC Report 17: Agricultural Biotechnology: Beyond Food and Energy to Health and the Environment, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council (2005).
Ferguson, B.W. “Private Industry and Space: International.” Magill’s Survey of Science: Space Exploration, Salem Press (1989).
Ferguson, B.W. “International Coordination of Space Commercialization Policies.” Paper IAA-88-580, 39th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (1988).
Ferguson, B.W. “LaSalle v. Rosewell and the Tax Injunction Act.” Case Comment, Harvard Law Review (1980).
Sustainability and ecosystem innovation: Bruce Walker Ferguson at TEDxWWF
Can sustainability go hand in hand with innovation? A TED talk by Professor Bruce Ferguson on how our need for sustainable solutions to the planet's environmental issues will require a system for innovation to thrive.