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Adjunct Professor in Strategy, Systems and Innovation

Adjunct Professor in Strategy, Systems and Innovation


Joel Adler, PhD, is the program lead for the Emerging Challenges for HealthCare Leadership (ECHL) certificate program at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. ECHL views those challenges to be dramatic scientific and technology discovery, changing and emergent contexts and getting change done.

Dr. Adler is founder and president of University Informatics Associates, Inc. (UIA) which provides information technology strategy consulting services and develops custom decision support systems for a variety of industries, see for details on projects.

His corporate experience included being product development manager at Unisys, information systems consulting manager at Coopers and Lybrand and director of planning and technology at CertainTeed Corporation/Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA.

He holds patents in optimization and forecasting methods as well as program management.

His academic qualifications and experience starting from the most recent time include:

  • Adjunct faculty in the Jefferson University Doctor of Strategic Leadership Program
  • Launching and leading the Project and Program Management concentration in the Organizational Dynamics program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate director of professional programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Research professor in the College of Information Studies at Drexel University

Early in his career Dr. Adler conducted research in high energy physics at the University of Pennsylvania and the College de France in Paris. That experience extended by exposure to progress in a broadening set of disciplines, influences his views on meeting contemporary challenges in the social and management sciences. That progress ranges from the purely abstract such as the philosophy of science and mathematics (causality) to totally observational such as laboratory level biological experimentation (cognition). These developments will allow collaboration in action research to resolve intractable and emerging healthcare challenges that will result in new transdisciplinary discoveries and fields of study.


PhD, Operations Research, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
MS, Computer Science, School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
MS, Physics, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
BS, Physics, City College of New York