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

Dr. Darryll J. Pines

Nariman Farvardin Professor of Engineering

Dean, A. James Clark School of Engineering

University of Maryland

“Aerospace Prizes Inspire the Five I’s of Success”

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 3:00- 4:00 pm

Wu & Chen Auditorium


Abstract: The United States’ future economic growth and competitiveness depend on our capacity to inno­vate. Americans believe that it is possible to create jobs in the aerospace and defense industry by doing what the United States does well, which is cultivating the creativity and innovative processes developed by its people. Innovation and entrepreneurship in the aerospace and defense industries have historically kept the US at the forefront of technology advances, which has spurred economic growth, and created entirely new industries such as commercial transportation of cargo and humans, uninhabited aerial systems for civilian and military missions, and more recently private commercial space.  Where would we be without aviation pioneers and innovators such as Amelia Earhart, Glenn L. Martin, William Boeing, Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorsky and Elon Musk?  A key catalyst that inspires innovation and entrepreneurship in the aerospace field has been the establishment of aerospace prizes and competitions to accelerate the five I’s:  imagination, invention, innovation, investment, and impact.  This presentation details three aerospace prizes that not only advanced technology in the aerospace field, but also spurred significant job growth and economic development in the United States.  More importantly, these prizes often attracted a new generation of students and technology innovators to the field with the hope of becoming the first to win a prize, while making a significant contribution to the aerospace field and to society.


Bio:  Dr. Darryll J. Pines is the Nariman Farvardin Professor of Engineering and Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, a position he has held since January 2009. Dr. Pines’ current research focuses on structural dynamics, including structural health monitoring and prognosis, smart sensors, and adaptive, morphing and biologically-inspired structures as well as the guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles.

In the past decade, Dr. Pines has become active in issues related to P-12 engineering education. He currently leads a team of academic institutions on a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop a national pilot high school course in engineering aimed at every high school student. The program is named Engineering For US All, or E4USA. The goal is to install this course in 75 high schools across the U.S. in 2020.

Dr. Pines is the co-author of over 70 journal articles, three edited book volumes, eight book chapters, and 160 conference papers. He has co-authored seven patents with his students and collaborators. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of the Institute of Physics. In 2015, Dr. Pines received the State of Maryland House Speaker’s Medallion, which honors those who have had a significant impact on the well-being of the citizens of the state of Maryland. More recently, Dr. Pines was elected into the 2019 class of the National Academy of Engineering (2019) for his contributions to engineering education– the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the field of engineering.

Past Speakers in the Series

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 – “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”