Faculty + Speakers

Kathryn Myronuk

Synthesis & Convergence; Finance & Economics Chair Emeritus
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Named by CNN as one of The Top 7 Tech Heroes to Watch in 2015, Kathryn Myronuk is a leading expert on exponentially growing technologies and the synthesis of the broad set of related fields of the Singularity movement.

As a founding staff member at Singularity University (SU) at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, Kathryn participated in the early formation of SU’s groundbreaking approach to experiential learning — encouraging participants to shift from one field to another, sometimes on an hour-by-hour basis, creating connections to build solutions to solve global grand challenges. She designed curriculum and worked closely with interdisciplinary and international participants and teams in all seven of SU’s 10-week programs and within SU’s many shorter programs.

As staff, Kathryn served in multiple roles, including Director of Research, from 2009-2013. As a member of SU’s core faculty, she’s led SU’s Synthesis and Convergence curriculum track, also guiding finance and economics curriculum. Her areas of interest and teaching include the value of synthesis, effective interdisciplinary teams, and the complex set of factors affecting the future of jobs and technological unemployment. Her analysis and data played central roles in two New York Times bestselling books: Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near (2005) and Peter Diamandis & Steven Kotler’s Abundance (2012).

Kathryn has spoken about exponentials, convergence, and the insights of the smart newcomer at AAAS, DLD, WiredUK, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Karolinska Institute, California STEM Summit, and Idaho National Labs. She has consulted for Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Orange Institute, and the Institute for the Future among other prominent organizations. Previously she worked as a research analyst and energy economist. She holds degrees in Agricultural Economics and Zoology from UCDavis.

Other Professional Activities

  • Member of keynote panel at 2013 SAP Startup Forum for Healthcare and Life Sciences.
  • Panelist at AAAS 2012 conference, Vancouver BC, “Can Community Models Help Solve Global Challenges?”
  • Before joining Silicon Valley, Kathryn worked as an energy economist doing energy-related studies including demand side management, energy use load profiles, and cost-benefit analysis of air pollution control.

Speeches + Interviews

    On the exponential curve: inside Singularity University,” Wired.co.uk, May 6, 2012

    Opening Keynote, California STEM Summit 2015 “Why Curiosity Matters” March 2015
    Singularity Summit Spain, “Exponential Disruption of Jobs” March 2015
    Stockholm Resilience Center’s LEAD Program “Be the Exponential Change” December 2014
    Karolinska Institute Nov2k 2014 Conference “Exponential Science: applying the lessons of exponential technologies in the 21st century” November 2014
    DLD Conference, DLDwomen14, “Technology Alone Won’t Save Us” (Plenary talk)

    DLD Conference, DLDwomen14, “2024 Mobility: Shared and Delivered” (Workshop)

    IDA- The Danish Society of Engineers, “Driving Technology: Here are the 10 facts about causes and effects that you need to know” May 2014
    AAAS 2012  “Can Community Models Help Solve Global Challenges?”
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  • Exponential Trends
  • Synthesis & Convergence
  • Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Technological Unemployment

Types of Engagements

  • Consulting
  • Curriculum Design
  • Keynote Address
  • Panel Discussion
  • Webcast Workshops


  • University of California, Davis M.S., Agricultural Economics
  • University of California, Davis B.S., Zoology

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