The 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.
David S. Bem
Global R&D Director, The Dow Chemical Company
"Materials Innovation at Dow
Impacting the Future of Energy and the Environment"
February 1, 2012,
Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G17
Biography: David Bem is the Global Director for R&D at The Dow Chemical Company and leads the Core R&D organization and the Corporate Innovation Fund which allows for early stage exploration of disruptive technologies and the development of new businesses. He joined Dow in 2007 and has held leadership positions in Hydrocarbons & Energy, Alternative Feedstocks and Basic Chemicals, and Automotive. Bem assumed his current role in November 2010. Previously he worked at Celanese and UOP a Honeywell Company, where he led R&D organizations in chemicals, polymers, catalysis and inorganic materials. He earned a Ph.D. in solid state inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his undergraduate degree in chemistry from West Virginia University. Bem is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds nine U.S. patents. He has authored more than 20 publications.
Guest Speakers in the Series:
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"