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Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech

Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech

Associate​ Professor of Engineering Management & Entrepreneurship
Chair of the Research Cluster in Scientific Argumentation, Interdisciplinary PhD in Argumentation

519-253-3000 ext. 5937
Office: 2176 CEI


  • PhD, University of Georgia
  • MBA, Schulich School of Business, York University
  • B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University

Research Interests

  • Emerging and Disruptive Technologies
  • Engineering management, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable and resilient systems
  • Big data and text data analytics
  • Autonomous intelligence and systems
  • Social and societal impacts of technologies
  • Technical codes and standards
  • Critical thinking, scientific argumentation and scientific modeling
  • Future work skills

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Standards Council of Canada

Selected Publications

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., Sara Jordan-Mattingly, and Betsy Barry (2019), “Regulating Autonomy: An Assessment of Policy Language for Highly Automated Vehicles,” Review of Policy Research.
  • Khayat, Andre*, R. Jill Urbanic, Anna Farias, B.A. Schuelke-Leech, (2019), “Development of a Reconfigurable Thoracentesis Training Mannequin,” Computer-Aided Design and Applications, Vol. 16, No. 6, (
  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2018), “A Model for Understanding the Orders of Magnitude of Disruptive Technologies,” Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol. 129, Issue: April, pp. 261-274.
  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A. and Timothy C. Leech, (2018) “Innovation in the American Era of Industrial Pre-eminence: The Interaction of Policy, Finance, and Human Capital” (2018), Journal of Policy History.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2018), “A Model for Understanding the Orders of Magnitude of Disruptive Technologies,” in press and online at Technological Forecasting and Social Change.  

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2018), “Incorporating Innovation and Entrepreneurship in STEM Programs: The Challenges of Universities as Engines of Economic Growth,” in Blanchard (ed.), Controversies on Campus: Debating the Issues Confronting American Universities in the 21st Century, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., and Betsy Barry, (2017), “Philosophical and Methodological Foundations of Text Data Analytics,” in Matthias Dehmer and Emmert-Streib (eds.), Frontiers in Data Science, Boca Raton, FL: CRC. 

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., and Betsy Barry, (2016), “Complexity of Textual Data in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research” in Andreas Kurckertz and Elisabeth Berger (eds.), Complexity in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Research – Applications of Emergent and Neglected Methods, Springer, pp. 459-480.

  • Adua, Lazarus, Richard York, and Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, (2016), “Human Dimensions of Climate Change: A Micro-Level Assessment of Views from the Ecological Modernization and Human Ecology Perspectives,” Social Science Research, Volume 56, March 2016, Pages 26–43.

  • Barry, Betsy, Suzanne Smith, Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, and Clayton Darwin, “From big data to better data: Issues in text-based analytics,” (2015) I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 1-10.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., Betsy Barry, Matteo Muratori, and B.J. Yurkovich, (2015), “Big Data Issues and Opportunities for Electric Utilities,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 52, December 2015, pp. 937-947.

  • Muratori, Matteo, Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, and Giorgio Rizzoni, (2014), “Role of Residential Demand Response in Modern Electricity Markets,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 33, May 2014, Pages 546-553.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A., (2014), “Volatility in Federal Funding of Energy R&D,” Energy Policy, Volume 67, April 2014, pp. 943-950.

  • Schuelke-Leech, B.A. (2013), “Resources and research: An empirical study of the influence of departmental research resources on individual STEM researchers involvement with industry,” Research Policy, Volume 42, No. 9, pp. 1667-1678. 


STEP Disruptive Technologies Research Lab