From her early days writing code in Silicon Valley through her time as an executive, research leader and consultant, Dr. Robin Burk has been on the cutting edge of change. She’s had bottom line P&L responsibility, managed diverse workforces, taught university level students, and consulted to business owners and executives.
Today her mission is to help people and organizations thrive in the face of rapid, disruptive change and the uncertainty it brings.
Robin is an expert in cutting-edge mathematics and science about how the complex systems we rely on work – what makes them robust or vulnerable.
She holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School (University of Chapel Hill, NC) and a PhD in information science (machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analysis) from SUNY Albany. Her undergraduate degree in liberal arts has been a valuable career asset as well.
Robin has worked in Silicon Valley, southern California, the Research Triangle Park, northern Virginia and New York as well as the Midwest, and done business in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. After the attacks of 9/11/2001 she taught at West Point for 7 years, where she helped to set up the Center of Excellence in Network Science before focusing an advanced research program at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the center of U.S. counter-WMD (weapons of mass destruction) expertise. She has also led teams applying advanced insights from these disciplines to both national security and commercial problems.
Robin is the author of best-selling books for technical professionals and of the recent book Check Your Connections: How to Thrive in an Uncertain World. She has been quoted in Wired, appeared multiple times on MSNBC and been featured on dozens of radio shows across the US and Canada. In her free time she loves to garden, to take long walks with her dogs, and to travel with her husband Roger.