Harold Kaufman

Professor Emeritus

Technology Management and Innovation

Harold Kaufman

Dr. Harold G. Kaufman is Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics graduate program in the Department of Technology Management and Innovation at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He established this graduate program as a unique and pioneering curriculum integrating the management of people, organizations, technology and analytics. He has kept the program, as well as the annual conferences he initiated in Human Capital Innovation in Technology & Analytics, at the cutting edges of technology in HRIS, talent management, work engagement, human capital engineering and data analytics.  In addition, he established and served as Academic Director of the Department’s Master’s programs in Israel, which have over 1500 graduates, many in executive positions, especially in high-tech industry. 

Dr. Kaufman specializes in the study of the utilization, obsolescence and career development of engineers and other technical professionals. He has reported his research in numerous publications, including three books, the first one receiving recognition as advancing the state of knowledge in the field. His research has been supported by grants from NSF, NIMH, USDOL, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Ford Foundation. In addition to his work at Tandon, Dr. Kaufman had a research appointment at the Hebrew University as well as a Visiting Research Scholar position at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Recognition of his research contributions came when Dr. Kaufman was elected Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology as well as the American Psychological Association, Also, in recognition of his research on engineers, Dr. Kaufman was one of six experts invited by NSF to contribute papers which helped establish the R&D program in Continuing Education in Science & Engineering (CESE) within the Education Directorate.  He subsequently was awarded four research grants from this program as sole PI. Moreover, Dr. Kaufman was invited by the National Research Council to serve on the Panel on Continuing Education of the Committee on the Education and Utilization of the Engineer, in which he was responsible for the research. He was also invited to serve on the NSF-sponsored.

Committee for the Study of Engineering Utilization, with responsibility for integrating the research. NSF supported his travel to China and Japan to investigate continuing education and utilization of engineers. Dr. Kaufman received the Outstanding Paper Award for significant contributions to the literature from the Continuing Professional Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. He subsequently was appointed to chair the Committee on Research in Continuing Professional Development of the ASEE.

Among his professional editorial activities, Dr. Kaufman served as Manpower Editor of the IEEE Engineering Management Review, Associate Editor and columnist for the IEEE Engineering Management Society Newsletter and Equal Employment Chairperson in the Technology and Society Division of the ASME. In addition, he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management.

Dr. Kaufman is a Founding Member of the American Society for Engineering Management.  He also helped establish the Technology and Innovation Management as well as Careers Divisions of the Academy of Management, serving on Committees as well as evaluator of papers for these Divisions.

At Tandon, Dr. Kaufman established the Master of Science program in Organizational Behavior, a unique and pioneering curriculum integrating the management of people, organizations and technology.  Graduates of the Organizational Behavior program have achieved success as executives, managers and professionals in the private, public and non-profit sectors. In 2014, the expanded scope of the program was reflected in the approval by NY State of a new degree title, Organizational Behavior, Systems and Analytics.  

Dr. Kaufman also initiated the award-winning Society for Human Resource Management chapter at Polytechnic (PolySHRM)*, which has been selected as one of the top ten chapters in the country. He has served continuously as a proactive SHRM advisor, facilitating leadership and team development opportunities for members as well as the career development of Tandon students in technical disciplines. Dr. Kaufman completed his Ph.D. at New York University in Industrial Psychology. He also holds a Master of Industrial Engineering from New York University and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art.

* The PolySHRM chapter has been awarded the Superior Merit Award by SHRM for its innovative activities almost every year since its founding by Dr. Kaufman in 1987. This is a record among student chapters in the New York area. In 2011 as well as 2008, the PolySHRM chapter was selected as one of the 10 most outstanding in the U.S. In addition, many of its officers have received the coveted Sherman Award from HRNY, the New York chapter of SHRM. PolySHRM provides leadership and team development opportunities for its members as well as helping the career development of Tandon students in engineering and other technical disciplines.

New York University

Master of Industrial Engineering, Industrial Engineering

New York University

Doctor of Philosophy, Industrial Psychology