Notable thinkers on higher ed to bring 'Inspiration' in Engineering series

February 26, 2013  

Four highly regarded leaders will speak on campus in March and April about the future of higher education as a part of the College of Engineering's "Inspiration"-themed Distinguished Seminar Series.

Subtitled "Provocative Conversations on the Future of Higher Education," the series of four seminars will examine what lies ahead for all of higher education and also the future of engineering.

"We are delighted to be able to welcome these brilliant leaders to Purdue. They will be addressing the most critical issues that higher education faces today, so we are eager to invite everyone on campus to hear them speak," says Leah H. Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering. "The College of Engineering, in planning transformational growth in the years ahead, needs to grow in the context of the University, and so we hope that colleagues from across Purdue will take advantage of the opportunity to hear from and talk with these thought leaders."

The speakers in March are:

* March 5 -- Jim Duderstadt, president emeritus of the University of Michigan, on "The Future of the American Research University." 3:30 p.m. seminar; 4:30 reception by RSVP

* March 26 -- C.D. Mote Jr., Regents Professor and the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, and former president, at the University of Maryland, on "What's Coming, Whether We Like it or Not." 3:30 p.m. seminar; 4:30 reception by RSVP

All four seminars will be in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Kurz Atrium. All seminars are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is needed to participate in the reception. The RSVP should go to the Office of Strategic Events at or 49-40900.

"We are looking forward to being challenged collectively by our speakers," Jamieson says. "The College of Engineering is the world's pacesetter in redefining engineering education, and we have great momentum with our strategic planning, our Engineer of 2020 initiative and our plans to increase our faculty by 30 percent. Now we are eager to look even further into the future. This is critical to our mission, including fulfilling the task of revitalizing and growing the U.S. engineering workforce as outlined by the U.S. Council on Jobs and Competitiveness."

The April speakers will examine issues in the engineering profession and engineering education. The speakers are:

* April 4 -- Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, on "Increasing Diversity in Engineering." 3:30 p.m. seminar; 4:30 reception by RSVP

* April 10 -- Norm Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., on "Engineering Engineering-Education." 10:30 a.m. seminar; 11:30 a.m. reception by RSVP

More information about the Distinguished Seminar Series, including topic summaries and speaker biographies, is at For questions about the events, contact Kristy Smith at

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