Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Three faculty members named to prestigious lists of top thinkers

C.K. Prahalad, the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, is the 2009 winner of the Thinkers 50 top honor for the second year running.

David Ulrich, professor of business administration and director of the Human Resource Executive Program at Ross, is ranked 31st on the list. Ross School doctoral alumnus Gary Hamel, a long-time collaborator of Prahalad's, is No. 10 on the list.

This is the second time Prahalad has taken the lead honor on the biennial Thinkers 50 list, which is put out by the consulting firm CrainerDearlove and bills itself as “the definitive listing of the world’s top 50 business leaders.”

He also received the honor in 2007. Ulrich was No. 42 two years ago.

More about the Thinkers 50 listing
• Prahalad: Text of an interview | Biography | A video interview
Ulrich: Biography | Podcast interview


Meanwhile, Jerome Lynch, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been named to Popular Science magazine’s Brilliant 10.

Dubbed “The Bridge Whisperer,” Lynch has pioneered a “sensor skin” that continuously monitors bridges for weak spots and alerts inspectors to invisible structural problems before they become dangerous.

Read more about Lynch’s honor in Popular Science.