Erdin Beshimov is a Lecturer at MIT and a Founder and Director of MIT Bootcamps. At MIT Erdin was also the founding Director of the MITx MicroMasters Program and the Incubation Group in the Office of Digital Learning. Erdin’s focus at MIT is on building new pathways for learners worldwide to study frontier technology innovation and entrepreneurship.
Erdin is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before returning to MIT, Erdin served as Principal at Flagship Pioneering where he focused on ventures in water, energy, and materials. Erdin also co-founded Ubiquitous Energy, a solar technologies spinout from MIT, and analyzed energy efficiency startups at Venrock Associates.
Erdin was born in a country that no longer exists, the Soviet Union. He lived in India and the United Kingdom before coming to the United States. In addition to an MBA from MIT Sloan, Erdin holds a BA (first-class honours) in Development and Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, where he was awarded the International Student Scholarship and the James O’Connell Scholarship for Peace Studies, and an MA in Area Studies of the former Soviet Union from Harvard University, where he studied on full scholarship.