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The MIT Professional Education Technology Leadership Program (TLP) is a multi-modular program delivered by MIT Faculty on campus and live virtually and geared towards the development needs of the next generation of Technology CEOs, CTO’s, CIO’s and Emerging Leaders. Global technology leaders and practitioners learn to lead transformational growth by developing an understanding of exponential and digital technologies and innovations, and the methods and mechanisms to apply best practices within their organizations, sectors, and industries.

The role of technology has shifted from being an enabler to a driver of business model, growth and competitive advantage. Organizations across all industries are rapidly adopting digital technologies to stay ahead. Traditional business models and processes are being redefined by the application of transformational technologies in managing or driving disruption. Exponential technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud, quantum computing, additive and digital manufacturing, blockchain, cybersecurity, and others are changing the constraints on business growth for organizations. This is creating a new set of opportunities for global leaders.

Leaders need to develop the required capabilities to navigate these fast-emerging opportunities, business models, strategic choices and uncertainty with innovation and exponential technologies. The next generation of global leaders must know how to lead their organizations in understanding, embracing and deploying the appropriate innovations at scale for their organizations to survive and thrive. TLP aims to enable these leaders to lead the change at their organizations to drive growth, evolve business models, craft strategies and build innovative solutions leveraging exponential digital technologies.




After completion of TLP, you will be a part of a cohort of global leaders and practitioners. You will also become an integral part of the global MIT Professional Education network and will be considered alumni of TLP as well as MIT Professional Education. You also receive the benefits listed below:

Inclusion in the MIT Professional Education Alumni network and ability to join the global MIT Professional Alumni LinkedIn Group

Access and invitations to exclusive MIT Professional Education sponsored events, conferences and seminars

One-year digital subscription to MIT Horizon

Forwarding email address (

Access to the MIT Libraries and other available MIT database services on campus.

MIT Professional Alumni e-newsletter

Fifteen percent (15%) discount on enrollment in future MIT Professional Education offerings (short duration open enrollment programs of 5 days or less and online programs)

*Benefits are subject to change and some may require additional fee

MIT Professional Education


The program is designed for technology leaders and experienced practitioners from large corporations as well as startups – innovation-oriented firms who are focusing on leveraging emerging digital technologies to remain relevant and competitive in the marketplace. These individuals are highly aspirational and have a keen desire to create new opportunities and shape the future of their organizations and industries by harnessing these transformational technologies.

Applications are welcome from professionals with:

  • Significant experience and demonstrated career progression and success across levels, in roles such as these:
    • C-level positions including CEOs, CTOs, COOs, CIOs, Chief Architects, etc.
    • Head of Engineering, Head of Technology.
    • Leaders with a focus on evolving their organisation’s technology management and growth to meet future needs.
    • Engineering managers, product managers and team leaders with significant team size and budget responsibility.
    • Senior functional managers and delivery heads with significant team size and budget responsibility.
    • Individuals with outstanding technical careers and leadership roles in a variety of settings.
  • A strong drive to succeed and aspirations for reaching beyond the obvious career milestones.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt, learn and apply new knowledge in varied situations.
  • A minimum of 6+ years of work experience in functional, technical, or business roles.
  • A graduate degree with a strong academic track record is preferred.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.


The mission of MIT Professional Education is to provide a gateway to renowned MIT research, knowledge, and expertise for those engaged in science and technology worldwide, through advanced education programs designed for working professionals.

MIT Professional Education supports MIT’s vision, including connecting practitioner-oriented education with industry.

MIT Professional Education provides continuing education courses and lifelong learning opportunities for science, engineering, and technology professionals at all levels, from around the world. Worthy of note is that MIT professors and lecturers lead and teach all MIT Professional Education offerings. MIT Professional Education fosters the development of innovative leaders equipped to address complex problems globally.


MIT Professional Education Experience


Through TLP, MIT Professional Education provides a tailored world-class educational experience for professionals from around the globe who are looking to advance their careers and creatively address complex problems.

MIT faculty members offer the opportunity for a profound learning experience and provide considerable knowledge and technical expertise to professionals who are eager to boost their context-specific knowledge, or develop new areas of expertise. They are eager to help participants solve the world’s problems through emerging technology and advanced leadership.


Learning Experience



All MIT Professional Education program faculty are professors and senior lecturers at MIT. This is your opportunity to learn from and network with prominent scholars, many of whom have founded their own companies and are making headlines across the globe with their innovations and perspectives.

TLP Faculty Director

David Niño
Faculty Director, MIT Professional Education Technology Leadership Program

Senior Lecturer in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

David Niño, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, where he teaches leadership for graduate engineering students. He is strongly committed to the development of leadership among engineers and other professionals in technology. He is a founding officer of the Engineering Leadership Development Division of the American Society of Engineering Education and is active in national efforts to advance the academic field of engineering leadership.

Prior to MIT, Dr. Niño was a faculty member in the schools of engineering and business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He was director of Rice’s university-wide program in leadership development and later played a leading role in designing and establishing the university’s first four-year academic certificate in engineering leadership. He also organized a premier international conference on engineering leadership, which garnered participation from the President of the National Academy of Engineering, 28 universities, and leading engineering companies such as Boeing, NASA, and Shell.

Program faculty may include*:

  • Bhaskar Pant - TLP Faculty
    Executive Director, MIT
  • Erdin Beshimov - TLP Faculty
    Founding Director and Lecturer, MIT Bootcamps
  • Markus J. Buehler - TLP Faculty
    Jerry McAfee (1940) Professor in Engineering; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Tony Eng - TLP Faculty
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
  • John Hart - TLP Faculty
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering;
    Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP)
  • Olivier de Weck - TLP Faculty
    Apollo Program Professor Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems Co-director, Small Satellite Collaborative Faculty Director, MIT-Switzerland Program Head, Space Sector
  • Bryan Moser - TLP Faculty
    Academic Director of System Design & Management (SDM), MIT; Specially Appointed Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
  • Abel Sanchez - TLP Faculty
    Research Scientist, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Sanjay Sarma - TLP Faculty
    Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Vice President of Open Learning, MIT
  • Afreen Siddiqi - TLP Faculty
    Research Scientist, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT; Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Ben Waber - TLP Faculty
    President and Co-Founder, Humanyze;
    Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab
  • Jinhua Zhao - TLP Faculty
    Professor of Cities and Transportation, MIT
  • Cathy Wu - TLP Faculty
    Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
  • Pulkit Agrawal - TLP Faculty
    Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT;
    Director, Improbable AI Lab, MIT
  • Amy Smith - TLP Faculty
    Founding Director, MIT D-Lab; Senior Lecturer Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • Michael Davies - TLP Faculty
    Senior Lecturer, MIT
    Founder and Chairman, Endeavour Partners
  • Devavrat Shah - TLP Faculty
    Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT;
    Director, Statistics and Data Science Center
  • William D. Oliver - TLP Faculty
    Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
    Professor of Physics;
    Director, Center for Quantum Engineering
  • Sangbae Kim - TLP Faculty
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Blade Kotelly - TLP Faculty
    Senior Lecturer, Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
  • Neil Thompson - TLP Faculty
    Director of the FutureTech Research Project, MIT – Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
  • Vivienne Sze - TLP Faculty
    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

*Program faculty is subject to change


Today, traditional business models are being transformed, disrupted or replaced by the spread of exponential technologies and their application in all sectors, be it manufacturing, engineering, retail, hospitality, travel, healthcare, or finance.

The multi-modular format of TLP is designed to strengthen four key areas required for a highly regarded technology leader to be successful in a rapidly changing and growing organization. The program will enable them to lead the change at their organizations to drive growth, evolve business models, craft strategies to counter disruptive threats and build innovative solutions leveraging exponential digital technologies.

The curriculum brings together an exploration of the potential of the leading-edge technologies; latest research and insights from leading MIT Faculty; Strategy frameworks and best practices for implementation; and immersion into the highly regarded MIT ecosystem.

TLP is a blend of on-campus learning, live virtual interactions with faculty and action learning team projects that require application of your learnings to solve a real problem that you are facing at work. The on-campus modules include immersive sessions at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, where the focus will be on the current landscape of exponential technologies, best practices, leadership frameworks and strategic real-world application of digital technologies to business models. You will experience the MIT innovation ecosystem in Cambridge and across the world and a thorough exploration of key technologies such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and other emerging exponential technologies.

The learning will continue during the live virtual modules where you will continue to interact with MIT faculty to learn more about several other key areas such as Cybersecurity, Blockchain, and Big Data, etc. The blended program design provides you with the opportunity to apply the learnings at your workplace, ensuring that you leverage the program for driving outcomes at work to accelerate your professional growth as you continue to learn.


The program embodies the MIT motto of “Mens et Manus” – Mind and Hand – the belief that academic knowledge must go hand in hand with practical application, and a very strong commitment to applied learning. You will work on strategy projects to apply the learning on an on-going basis throughout the program. It is a unique opportunity for collaborative learning and applying the knowledge of technologies, frameworks and best practices to real-world problems. This experience is designed to help you push the boundaries of personal and professional growth, develop a global perspective and to enable you to design strategic solutions that benefit from application of key exponential technologies.


Apart from exploration of applications of key exponential technologies and enriching insights from faculty, you will experience key technologies of future in action within MIT and through interactions with innovators from MIT Alumni founded startups.


As a participant in TLP, you will develop actionable insights about the role of new technologies in leading and will build capabilities, learn best-practices, and use applications and trends in new ways to benefit from these exponential technologies that are already transforming the business landscape and shaping our future. As part of the program, you will:

  Gain most recent knowledge and research-driven insights from accomplished MIT Faculty that will help you build context-specific knowledge and develop new areas of expertise period.

✓   Benefit from understanding of the vibrant innovation ecosystem at MIT which is shaping the future.

  Think critically about the role of technology and leverage technology changes for strategic competitive advantage in an uncertain future.

  Grow personal influence and showcase leadership in your organization to lead transformation through technology.

  Develop an understanding of the mechanisms to harness the most value from use of big data, industry-relevant AI and cutting-edge Machine Learning systems to benefit from emerging business opportunities.

  Harness the potential of transformative technologies such as blockchain, IoT, reinforcement learning, and cybersecurity through evolving business models and strategies.

  Recognize the links between creativity and innovation, as well as how to execute and adopt creative ideas.

  Lead the transition to a design-driven innovative culture within your organization, getting it ready to benefit from disruption.

  Connect with a highly accomplished peer group from across the world who can be advisors, mentors and partners in your transformation journey and beyond.


MIT Professional Education Technology Leadership Program follows a rolling process (earlier application, earlier consideration) and participant applications are evaluated as soon as they are received. The step-by-step process is outlined below.

Online Application

You can apply to the program online by submitting a short online application form. Paper applications are not accepted.



Submitted (via upload) in word or PDF format along with application form.


Two professional references are required from those familiar with your professional background, and who are available to discuss your candidacy in detail.


Two essays are required –

  • What are your long term (5-10 years) career aspirations? How will TLP help you achieve these?
  • How do you plan to use the MIT experience to make a positive impact in the world?


All shortlisted candidates will go through a round of interviews before they are accepted into the program. These interviews may be conducted in person or over the telephone.


Round Deadline Date
Upcoming Round

Please Note:

  • Considering the limited seats in the program and first come – first serve acceptance process, it is always more beneficial for candidates to apply as soon as possible. 
  • Application fee is refunded only in the case an applicant is not accepted to the program.


The Program fee for TLP is inclusive of all taxes. It covers teaching fee, all academic materials, lunches and select dinners during on-campus modules. The fee does not include transport expenses (domestic and international), any associated visa fee etc. and accommodation for modules. It also does not cover any other expenses that are not expressly mentioned above.


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MIT is an integral part of its host city of Cambridge, a diverse and vibrant community noted for its intellectual life, history, and thriving innovation climate.

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    What is the MIT Professional Education Technology Leadership Program (TLP)?

    The MIT Professional Education Technology Leadership Program (TLP) is an intensive, multi-modular program designed to prepare you to leverage important exponential technologies such as machine learning, IOT, AI, data analytics, blockchain, etc. to lead transformational growth for your organization and your career. TLP was developed by MIT Professional Education in conjunction with the MIT faculty who teach the courses. The program delivers key insights into the latest research, real-world applications, frameworks, and best practices, in a number of fields.

    How is this program different from other technology related programs?

    Technology Leadership Program is specifically designed for senior-level practitioners in technology and engineering who make key decisions related to the selection, design, creation, and application of the latest technologies to real-world challenges and opportunities. All courses are taught by MIT faculty and focus on leading edge technologies that are shaping the future. TLP Participants will take part in action learning team projects that tie together the key learnings from the program with a focus on real-world application.

    What is the mode of delivery?

    The Technology Leadership Program is a multi-modular blend of on-campus learning, webinars with MIT faculty, and action learning team projects. During the live virtual modules, participants interact with MIT faculty through live virtual sessions, and deepen their knowledge and skills related to breakthrough technologies, important technology-related issues and leadership frameworks and challenges.

    Are there minimum requirements for TLP?

    The program is open to applicants who meet the following basic criteria:

    • A minimum of six years of work experience in functional, technical, or business roles
    • Fluency in written and spoken English is required
    • A graduate degree with a strong academic track record is suggested, but not required

    What is the selection process for this program?

    Applications are evaluated as they are received. This process is designed to ensure the program fits the needs of the applicant, and to help in assessing if the applicant can meet the demands of the program. The online application requires applicants to provide details about themselves, their career progression, and their goals. Shortlisted candidates will be required to go through a round of interviews conducted either in-person or over the telephone. Candidates will also be required to provide two professional references who may be consulted before acceptance into the program.

    What do I receive upon the completion of the program?

    Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Technology Leadership Program Certificate from MIT Professional Education. They join a cohort of dynamic, innovative, and accomplished leaders. Participants also become part of the global MIT Professional Education network, and will be considered alumni of TLP as well as of MIT Professional Education.

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