Technology, Business and Government Distinguished Lecture Series

Recognizing an increasingly significant inter-relationship between the rapid growth of new technologies and the business and governmental sectors, this lecture series brings distinguished individuals to Penn Engineering to interact with students and faculty on broad issues affecting technology and science, research and policy.

Featured Lecture:

Patrick T. Harker
President and Chief Executive Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

"Fintech: Revolution or Evolution?"

Monday, April 3, 2017
Doors Open at 3 PM
Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall

 

Biography: Patrick T. Harker took office on July 1, 2015, as the 11th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In this role, Harker participates on the Federal Open Market Committee, which formulates the nation's monetary policy.

Before taking office at the Philadelphia Fed, Harker served as the 26th president of the University of Delaware. He was also a professor of business administration at the university's Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the College of Engineering.

Before joining the University of Delaware in 2007, Harker was dean and Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to being appointed dean in 2000, Harker served as the Wharton School's interim dean and deputy dean as well as the chair of its operations and information management department. In 1991, he was the youngest faculty member in Wharton's history to be awarded an endowed professorship as UPS Transportation Professor of the Private Sector. He has published/edited nine books and more than 100 professional articles. From 1996 to 1999, he served as editor-in-chief of the journal Operations Research.

In 2012, Harker was named a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He was also named a White House fellow by President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and served as a special assistant to FBI Director William S. Sessions from 1991 to 1992.

Harker serves as a member of the Select Operating Committee of Select Greater Philadelphia. He previously served on the boards of Catholic Relief Services, Pepco Holdings, Inc., and Huntsman Corporation and was a founding member of the board of advisors for Decision Lens, Inc. Harker was also a nonbanking Class B director of the Philadelphia Fed from 2012 to 2015.

Harker has a Ph.D. in civil and urban engineering, an M.A. in economics, and an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in civil engineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Guest Speakers in the Series:

November 30, 2016: Vijay Kumar, Geoffrey Garrett, Theodore Ruger, "Predicting the Future: What Will the Next Four Years Bring?"

November 15, 2016: Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), "Postcards From the Future: A DARPA Perspective"

October 15, 2015: Matthew S. Grob, Executive Vice President Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Chief Technology Officer - "Your Smartphone is Your Next Robot"

February 1, 2012: David S. Bem, Global R&D Director, The Dow Chemical Company - "Materials Innovation at Dow
Impacting the Future of Energy and the Environment"

April 27, 2011: Arun Majumdar, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) -"ARPA-E: Catalyzing Energy Breakthroughs for a Secure American Future"

November 16, 2010: Robert S. Fredell, Managing Director, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) - "Critical Issues in Accreditation and Engineering Education"

December 3, 2009: Mark Zandi, Chief Economist and Cofounder, Moody’s Economy.com - "The New Economic Normal: The Role of Technological Change and Universities”

February 19, 2009: Garrete E. Resiman, NASA Astronaut - "Living Aboard the International Space Station - One Quaker's Journey"

November 13, 2007: James R. Wiemels, Vice President, Global Manufacturing Engineering, General Motors Corporation - "The Journey to a Global Company"

March 20, 2006: James C. Greenwood, President, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and Former Congressman, US House of Representatives - "Living in the Biotechnology Century"

April 7, 2005: Hital R. Meswani, Executive Director of Reliance Industries Limited - "Ideas that Worked: Creation of World–class Businesses through Management of Technology"

March 15, 2005: Siegfried Bocionek, Chief Operating Officer of Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services - "The Digital Hospital: Development of Metrics-Driven Efficient Software"

March 18, 2004: Paul M. Horn, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, IBM Corporation - "Innovation in the Information Technology Industry"

December 2, 2003: Richard A. Clarke, Chairman, Good Harbor Consulting, and former Senior White House Advisor - "Critical National Infrastructure"

March 4, 2003: Richard F. Rashid, Senior Vice President of Research, Microsoft Corporation - "The Digital Experience: Emerging Technologies to Improve the Way We Live and Learn"

February 3, 2003: Congressman Curt Weldon, 7th Congressional District - "Homeland Security and the Role of Government"

March 6, 2002: Alan I. Taub, Executive Director - Science, General Motors Research and Development - "Automotive Research - The Technical Challenges and the Role of Universities for GM"

April 24, 2001: Irwin Mark Jacobs, Chairman and CEO, Qualcomm - "Wireless Access to the Internet, the Technology and the Business"

October 16, 2000: Joseph P. Nacchio, Chairman and CEO, Qwest Communications International, Inc. - "Business in the Information Age: What's New, What's Not"

October 13, 1999: George Heilmeier, Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman and CEP Telcordia Technologies - "From Pots to Pans.com - Information Systems and Technology for the Next Decade and Beyond"

April 14, 1999: Joseph Bordogna, Deputy Director Nominee and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation - "Trajectories, Inflections, and Innovation: Trends in Science, Engineering, and Technology Policy"

February 24, 1999: David J. Farber, the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems - "The University in the Information Age: A Technologist's Look at the Future Directions in Computing and Communications and its Impact on the University"

February 1, 1999: Congressman Curt Weldon, 7th District, Pennsylvania, Senior Member of the House Committee on Science, Chairman of the Military Research Committee - "Technology and Business in the Twenty-first Century: A Congressional Perspective"