Avery Sen, PhD, is cofounder and research director at Sen Sound, where he organizes audio innovation for humans in healthcare. He directs the participatory-research processes that keep sound design grounded in the lived experiences of nurses, doctors, patients, and their families. Prior to Sen Sound, Avery specialized in R&D strategy and evaluation at SRI International, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Space Policy Institute. He holds a doctorate in public administration and an MA in international science and technology Policy, both from the George Washington University, and a BA in science and technology studies from Cornell University. His studies focused on the philosophy of science, economics of space technology, and organization of “transformative innovation.”
Our innovation ecosystem needs more transformative research and engagement enterprises (TREEs), especially for societal challenges that have not historically benefitted from solution-oriented research.