David Attis is a Practice Manager with the Education Advisory Board. His studies have explored managing large-scale multidisciplinary research, internationalization strategies in higher education, maximizing space utilization on campus, and the future of doctoral education.
Prior to joining the Education Advisory Board, Dr. Attis was a senior director of policy studies at the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan organization of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders committed to increasing America’s economic competitiveness through innovation. He served as the deputy director of the council’s National Innovation Initiative and as a policy consultant on the National Academies’ Rising Above the Gathering Storm report. He also directed the research for the council’s flagship publication, the Competitiveness Index: Where America Stands, chaired by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School, and performed research on the role of universities in regional economic development.
Dr. Attis also spent time as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney, both in their general consulting practice and in their global business policy council. His work included business turnarounds, strategy consulting, information systems implementation, global risk assessments, economic development, and policy analysis.
Dr. Attis holds a PhD in the history of science from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago. His doctoral thesis explored the history of mathematics in Ireland from the surveyors of the seventeenth century through the Celtic Tiger economy of the 1990s.