Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Host: 
University of Maryland Alumni Association
Rocket science is often celebrated as the ultimate triumph of technology. But it's not. Instead, it's the apex of a particular thought process -- a way to imagine the unimaginable and solve the unsolvable. It's the same thought process that enabled Neil Armstrong to take his giant leap for mankind, allowing spacecraft to travel millions of miles through outer space and land on a precise spot, which brings us closer to colonizing other planets.
 
In this accessible and practical book, Ozan Varol reveals nine simple strategies from rocket science that you can use to make your own giant leaps in work and life -- whether it's landing your dream job, accelerating your business, learning a new skill, or creating the next breakthrough product. Today, thinking like a rocket scientist is a necessity. We all encounter complex and unfamiliar problems in our lives. Those who can tackle these problems -- without clear guidelines and with the clock ticking -- enjoy an extraordinary advantage.
 
Think Like a Rocket Scientist was one of Inc.com’s “6 Business Books You Need to Read in 2020 (according to Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, and Adam Grant)”; one of Amazon’s Top 20 books of 2020 in three categories (non-fiction, business, and science); and Adam Grant’s # 1 pick of his top 20 leadership books of 2020. 
 
Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor and #1 bestselling author. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ozan moved to the United States by himself at 17 to attend Cornell University and major in astrophysics. While there, he served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers–Spirit and Opportunity–to Mars. He built stuff that went to the red planet and wrote code that snaps photos of the Martian surface. Ozan then pivoted and went to law school. He graduated first in his class, earning the highest grade point average in his law school’s history.
 
He became a law professor in his twenties to influence others to make giant leaps on Earth. He’s currently the youngest tenured professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Ozan has been called a “true original” by Adam Grant and dubbed a “superhero” by Dan Pink. His work has been described as “must-read” by Susan Cain and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time, BBC, CNN, Washington Post, and more.
 
Your PBC Guru Moderator:
 
Megan Behm is a Book Club Operations Manager at PBC Guru, a book club management company that believes in the power of lifelong learning communities centered around reading and thoughtful discussion.  PBC Guru partners with more than 250 higher education alumni associations and private high schools, businesses, library systems, and professional societies worldwide to create meaningful and vibrant online book clubs. PBC Guru's virtual book clubs allow over 130,000 members to connect from anywhere they are, at whatever time is convenient.  With PBC Guru, Megan develops the content for and moderates the discussions for over 50 book clubs, reading titles from all genres. Before joining PBC Guru, Megan spent ten years working in the performing arts and literary industries in Washington, D.C., and New York City. She is a life-long bookworm and a proud graduate of the College of William & Mary.
Cost: 

Free to attend

RSVP by: 
09/29/21
Contact: 

Ellieg@umd.edu