Associate Professor, iThink

Michael Bienkowski

Armory 202, Albany
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M.B.A., University of Connecticut

B.A., Music Theory & History, Trinity College

Best Teaching Moment

A student, after graduating and in her first week in a new job, e-mailed me and said she connected what she saw to iThink and thanked me.

Research Interests

How systems of all kinds work, fail, or reach limits. The foundation for systems behavior is in the patterns of verbal and mathematical thinking and the intrinsic limits each of these displays. The larger question I am investigating is how innovation can improve the way we construct systems so that their unpredictability is bounded.

Last Book Read

God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History, edited by Stephen Hawking


Eclectic thinker by nature and have sought connections between disparate ideas all my life. My reading spans history, philosophy, theology, poetry, economics, physics, math, and music. In teaching students, I try to ignite curiosity so that they can learn for themselves and not just to please others. I also believe in the power of individuality and respect for differences. I believe in Henry David Thoreau’s attitude: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”