assistant professor of the practice — information systems department
Fulton Hall 254E
Three degrees awarded simultaneously in June 1979
- Master’s in Electrical Engineering (MSEE), research concentration in software design and systems engineering, participated in MIT cooperative education program working at AT&T Bell Labs
- Sloan School of Management (B.S.), concentration in finance & management science, worked with Prof. Fischer Black on the first online implementation of the Black-Scholes options model.
- Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (B.S.)
Professor Leonard (Len) Evenchik has over twenty-five years of senior management and engineering experience in industry, government and academia. He was most recently the Assistant Dean and founding director of the online and distance education program at Harvard's Division of Continuing Education. Mr. Evenchik managed all aspects of the program from its inception in 1997, when one online course with four students was offered, to an enrollment of over 10,000. He has also taught graduate level computer science courses on Internet protocols, information security, and the strategic use of technology at the Harvard Extension School for over 25 years. In the fall of 1997, he taught the first distance education course at Harvard to use video streaming and multimedia to deliver classroom lectures to online students around the world.
Mr. Evenchik began his professional career at BBN in Cambridge, where he developed some of the first networking protocols used in the Internet, and then managed the implementation of large commercial networks. He was Director of Communications for the State of Massachusetts where he managed the organization responsible for the strategic planning, implementation and operation of statewide networks supporting over 15,000 users. His industry experience also includes senior management positions in sales, program management and engineering at both large firms and at a number of venture capital backed startups, one of which had a successful IPO.
Professor Evenchik's primary professional interest has always been the strategic management and application of IT in both industry and academia. His current research activities include the development and use of educational technology, both in the classroom and for online education, and research into new applications for the nascent Internet of Things (IoT) within specific markets, such as health care, assistive technology, and education.
As a member of the Information Systems department Professor Evenchik will be teaching courses on IT Management and a new course on Cybersecurity Strategy and Management. He will also be evaluating how the Carroll School might best use new educational technology in the part-time graduate programs.
SELECTED APPOINTMENTS AND AWARDS
- Harvard IT Summit presentations on Distance Education: 2011, 2012 and 2013
- Harvard Provost Grants for Distance Education, 2011 and 2012
- MIT Sloan School alumni mentor, 2000–2008
- Governor's Commendation for Outstanding Financial Management awarded in 1990.
- Patent, October 1979. Signal Multiplexing Circuit for Data Transmission, #4,171,467
- National Association of State Telecommunication Directors (NASTD), 1987–93, member of regulatory and strategic planning subcommittees
- MIT Class of 1977 Executive Committee (1980s)