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:

Arati Prabhakar
Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

"Postcards From the Future: A DARPA Perspective"

This lecture has been cancelled.

Biography: DARPA’s director since 2012, Arati Prabhakar has spent her career investing in world-class engineers and scientists to create new technologies and businesses. She first came to DARPA in 1986 as a program manager and was the founding director of the Agency’s Microelectronics Technology Office. Arati served as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology from 1993 to 1997. She then spent 15 years in Silicon Valley, including a decade as a partner at U.S. Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm. Arati is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) fellow. She received her Ph.D. in applied physics and M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and her B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University.

Guest Speakers in the Series:

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 - "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 - 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"