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Daniel L. Goroff

Program Director

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Daniel L. Goroff is a Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation working on science, technology, education, and economics. He is currently on leave from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where he is Professor of Mathematics and Economics and where he previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.

Goroff earned his B.A.-M.A. degree in mathematics summa cum laude at Harvard as a Borden Scholar, an M.Phil. in economics at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, a Masters in mathematical finance at Boston University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University as a Danforth Fellow. Goroff’s first faculty appointment was at Harvard University in 1983. During over two decades there, he rose to the rank of Professor of the Practice of Mathematics while also serving as Associate Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and as a Resident Tutor at Leverett House.

A 1988 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize winner, Goroff taught courses for the mathematics, economics, physics, history of science, and continuing education departments at Harvard. He was also the founding director of a Masters Degree Program in “Mathematics for Teaching” offered through the Harvard Extension School. Beginning with the international distance education courses he developed using audiographics conferencing over twenty years ago, and continuing through his most recent online course called “Decisions, Games, and Negotiations,” Goroff has been an educational innovator throughout his teaching career.
In pursuing his work on nonlinear systems, chaos, and decision theory, Daniel Goroff has held visiting positions at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Paris, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, and the Dibner Institute at MIT. In 1994, Goroff was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE).

During 1996-97, he was a Division Director at the National Research Council (NRC) in Washington, and during 1997-98, Goroff worked for the President’s Science Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). That year he was named a “Young Leader of the Decade in Academia” by Change: The Magazine of Higher Education. As Director of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) from 1998 to 2001, Daniel Goroff was called to testify about educational and research priorities both by the House and again by the Senate during the 106th Congress. He also testified before the 109th Congress. A former Chair of the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction at the National Research Council (NRC), he was co-director of the Scientific and Engineering Workforce Project based at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Goroff is also a founding board member of the nonpartisan group “Scientists and Engineers for America.”