Certification Program for Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners: Class of 2021-22
Linda Vanasupa

Linda Vanasupa | Ph.D.

Linda is a professor of materials engineering at Franklin W. Olin College and professor emerita, California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, CA). She has served in various academic roles such as department chair (2001-2007) and co-founder of the Center for Sustainability in Engineering at Cal Poly (2005-2018). Her career work includes co-founding the Sino-US Strategic Alliance for Innovation (2008-2018), a collaboration with partners at Tongji University in Shanghai to design sustainable communities. 

Her focus at Olin College is cultivating embodied learning for transformational outcomes and transdisciplinarity. Her practice involves emancipatory critical action research, which emphasizes compassionate reflection to liberate one’s self from hidden beliefs.

Her degrees are in metallurgical engineering (Michigan Technological University, B.S. ’85) and materials science and engineering (Stanford University, M.S., 1987, Ph.D., 1991). 

Her most recent publication is “An Engineering Education of Holism: Einstein’s Imperative” (2021) in Insights Into Global Engineering Education After the Birth of Industry 5.0 (IntechOpen Book Series). Additional selected works: