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

Chrissy Houlahan

U.S. Representative
Pennsylvania’s 6th District

“STEM and the Future of Work”

Monday March 22, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

The recording of this Zoom Webinar can be viewed here.

Abstract

Representative Houlahan will speak about how her experiences as a former teacher and engineer have shaped her priorities and work in Congress, and about the importance of STEM work/jobs across all sectors of society.

Biography

U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, engineer, entrepreneur, and educator who is continuing her career of service as the first woman ever to represent Pennsylvania’s 6th District in Congress.

Representative Houlahan is the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors who came to America with nothing. She grew up in a military family; her parents met when her father and grandfather flew P3s in the same Navy squadron. She earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship that launched her service in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves, and later earned her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT.

Representative Houlahan has helped lead several thriving Southeastern Pennsylvania companies including AND1, a basketball apparel company headquartered in Paoli, and B Lab, the organization that launched the B Corporation movement. She went on to serve in Teach for America as a chemistry teacher at Simon Gratz High School in North Philadelphia, and then led and scaled a non-profit helping thousands of underserved students all across America to build their literacy skills.

These experiences helped shape her political vision of a great nation united by common values that leaves no one behind. She is committed to fighting for access to quality, affordable healthcare, common sense gun safety, government accountability and transparency, and working to build a strong, stable economy with good jobs and good benefits for everyone.

Representative Houlahan is a leader driven by a spirit of service. She’s a mom, a longtime resident of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and a congressional representative serving in Washington to solve real problems for the people and communities of Pennsylvania.

Past Speakers in the Series

Tuesday, February 18, 2020: Dr. Darryll J. Pines, “Aerospace Prizes Inspire the Five I’s of Success”

November 16, 2018:  Gregory Powers, “Oil and Gas: Environment and Efficiency Require More Innovation Than Ever”

October 22, 2018:  Thomas Kalil, “Science and Technology Policy @ the White House”

October 9, 2018:  Ralph Izzo, “The Future of Energy”

April 17, 2017:  J. Michael McQuade, “Moving the World Forward”

April 3, 2017:  Patrick T. Harker, “Fintech: Revolution or Evolution?” [watch the archived live stream]

November 30, 2016:  Vijay Kumar, Geoffrey Garrett, Theodore Ruger, “Predicting the Future: What Will the Next Four Years Bring?” [watch the archived live stream]

November 15, 2016:  Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), “Postcards From the Future: A DARPA Perspective” [watch the archived live stream]

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”