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Mike Teodorescu

Assistant Professor


Information Systems


Dr. Mike Teodorescu is an Assistant Professor in the Information Systems Department at Boston College. His research encompasses machine learning, technology innovation and adoption, and entrepreneurship. Specifically, Professor Teodorescu’s research interests include the strategic use of patents by startups and within multinationals, applications of machine learning to firm strategy, and the ethics of machine learning in determining individual fates such as employment and lending. His teaching interests include the applications of ‘Big Data’ to management problems, business analytics, technology strategy, and intellectual property. He is an award winning teacher and has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to make the concepts and fundamental methods of big data and machine learning accessible to everyone, as analysis of large datasets is becoming essential for new hires becoming ever more important in all fields. He spent some of his doctoral years in the Office of the Chief Economist at the US Patent and Trademark Office, researching the effects of IP uncertainty on startup outcomes as well as collaborating with the economists of the USPTO on natural language processing applications on patents and other research topics currently underway.

Prior to his doctorate, Professor Teodorescu has worked as a software engineer at Microsoft on several major software products. His research interests prior to BC included artificial intelligence and applications of computer algorithms to the sciences. He is the author of several patents in technology fields (US Pat. 7,822,181 B2; US Pat. 8,143,607 B2; RO Pat. 123562) and co-author of several software related patent applications. He has several publications in engineering and computer science, primarily clustered around the field of artificial intelligence. He has served on boards of several startups and is the co-founder of the award winning 'Operating Room in a Backpack' medical device startup SurgiBox. Dr. Teodorescu serves on the Board of the Summer Science Program, a leading scientific education nonprofit established in 1959 as a collaboration of universities (MIT, Caltech, Purdue, NM Tech, and Harvey Mudd). He also serves as a Harvard College Alumni Interviewer and lends his business experience through volunteering in his home community.

Dr. Teodorescu's work has most recently been featured in an article on the future of machine learning in business, in McKinsey Analytics, IOT Solutions, and HBS Working Knowledge for work on machine learning methods applicable to business research.

Professor Mike Teodorescu earned his Doctorate in Strategy from Harvard Business School with a dissertation on Machine Learning methods and strategic use of intellectual property. He also holds a Bachelors cum laude with High Honors in Computer Science from Harvard University with a thesis in AI. He is a US Citizen.