From Dr. Barone’s Citation:
In 2010 Paul Barone started as a research scientist in the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation, a team tasked with growing and sustaining a newly formed academic-industry consortium. Quickly Paul started to make an impact and was promoted to Associate Director and was recently promoted again to Director of CBI’s biomanufacturing initiative, BioMAN and CAACB. During his tenure he has taken the initiative to move forward many aspects of the project, including management of industry participants around data collection, analysis of the data collected, and drafting of a detailed report and subsequent manuscript for publication.
One nominator writes: “Paul navigates the process of working with 15 to 20 stakeholders and pushing toward conclusion with skill and ease. Paul has not only proven himself to be a highly competent engineer who can hold his own with industry practitioners, but a masterful leader, capable of moving groups of individuals forward on complex topics.”
In 2014, CBI was awarded funding to develop an innovative online course on biomanufacturing for the edX platform. Paul not only expertly co-taught the course with Professor Chris Love, but went above and beyond to manage most aspects of development of the course including working with MITx and ODL, managing several staff working on developing illustration assets, animations, and video edits. To quote a nominator “Time and time again, Paul has proven himself to be an adept manager of people and projects, a self-starter and an action-oriented team member able to move complex projects forward.”
Recently, Paul was instrumental in writing a winning project proposal for a multi-million dollar grant with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). He convened professors and scientists on different continents, and lead them to crafting an innovative research project.
Paul also takes time to help advise students. He guides them as they draft their theses, encouraging their inquisitiveness as they frame their research questions. He acts as an advisor to both undergraduates and graduate students from the different schools across campus.
In closing I think this quote from a faculty member really sums up Paul “I have never seen Paul become stressed even with the craziest of deadlines looming large. He is entirely professional at all times, and just a great guy to work with. I wish there where more Paul Barone’s around campus!”