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About Ozan Varol

Ozan Varol is a rocket scientist turned award-winning professor and author.

A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Ozan grew up in a family of no English speakers. He learned English as a second language and moved to the United States by himself at 17 to attend Cornell University and major in astrophysics.

While there, he served on the operations team for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers project that sent two rovers–Spirit and Opportunity–to Mars. He built stuff that went to the red planet and wrote code that snaps photos of the Martian surface.

Ozan then pivoted and became a law professor to influence others to make interplanetary leaps on Earth. He graduated first in his class from law school, earning the highest grade point average in his law school’s history.

He’s currently a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. His work has been featured in various domestic and foreign media, including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, BBC, TIME, CNN, and the Washington Post.

He’s the author of Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life. The book was named a “must read” by Susan Cain, “endlessly fascinating” by Daniel Pink, and “bursting with practical insights” by Adam Grant. The book was also also selected by Adam Grant as his # 1 pick in his list of top 20 books of 2020.

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