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:

J. Michael McQuade
Senior Vice President
Science and Technology United Technologies Corporation

"Moving the World Forward"

Monday, April 17, 2017
3:00 PM
Wu and Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall

 


Abstract: Urbanization and the rise of the middle class are leading to rapid growth in the aerospace and building industries.  To address these global challenges, innovative products and solutions are being developed to change the way people work, live, and travel.  This lecture will address the interconnectedness of complex systems driving the need for systems engineering and cyber security talent in industry.

Biography: J. Michael McQuade is Senior Vice President for Science & Technology at United Technologies Corporation. His responsibilities include providing strategic oversight and guidance for research, engineering and development activities throughout the business units of the corporation and at the United Technologies Research Center, focused on a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.

Dr. McQuade held senior positions with technology development and business oversight at 3M, Imation and Eastman Kodak. Prior to joining UTC in 2006, he served as Vice President of 3M’s Medical Division. Previously, he was President of Eastman Kodak’s Health Imaging Business. His early career at 3M was focused on research and development of high-end acquisition, processing and display systems for health care, industrial imaging and remote sensing. He has broad experience managing basic technology development and the conversion of early stage research into business growth.

Dr. McQuade holds Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in experimental high-energy physics for research on charm quark production performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Dr. McQuade currently serves as a member of the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, and previously served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Carnegie Mellon University and for Miss Porter’s School.

Guest Speakers in the Series:

April 3, 2017: Patrick T. Harker, "Fintech: Revolution or Evolution?"

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"