WATCH: iRobot Co-Founder Colin Angle Shares His Path to STEM Innovation

Critical thinking is central to STEM subjects but not unique to STEM subjects. I think problem solving is also important around social issues and challenges in our daily lives, but this type of thinking is certainly the bread and butter of STEM topics

— Colin Angle



key takeaways

What You'll Learn:

  • How top innovators like Colin Angle moved from Ds to As in the classroom
  • How K-12 can better prepare students to be STEM innovators
  • What it means to live and teach in a post-knowledge society

About The Speaker


Colin Angle

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Co‐Founder, iRobot® Corp.

Colin Angle is chairman of the board, chief executive officer and co-founder of iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT). Angle’s leadership has transformed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off into a global leader of practical robots. One of the world’s leading authorities on mobile robots, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience. Under his guidance, iRobot is at the forefront of the growing robot industry, delivering home and military robots that are making a difference. 

Angle’s leadership has been recognized with numerous professional awards. He has been named CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech All- Star, one of Fortune Small Business Magazine’s Best Bosses and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Angle has appeared on CNN and CNBC, and has been profiled as an industry expert in media outlets such as Business Week, CNET, the New York Times and Newsweek. Angle is a member of the board of directors at Striiv, Inc. Angle holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT.

If I had my druthers and could wave a magic wand to control Earth, I would want to emphasize [creative, evaluative, and analytical] skills toward the top of the chart. They are traditionally underemphasized and are increasingly critical to succeeding in today's environment, where the premium on remembering is relatively low.

— Colin Angle