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John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series

The John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series was established in 2002 to allow the Vanderbilt Engineering community hear renowned engineers from universities, agencies, and industry address engineering topics of particular interest. The series is funded by an endowment founded by James Gray to honor the Halls. John Hall, a 1955 Vanderbilt engineering graduate, is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Ashland, Inc.


March 21 - Nicholas Peppas, Sc.D.
Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Surgery and Pharmacy
University of Texas at Austin
"Intelligent Biomaterials in Nanotechnology and Precision Medicine"


April 21 - John Anderson
President of the National Academy of Engineering
"Engineering’s Role in Creating Technology: Working in the Penumbra of Understanding"


November 8 - Yilu Liu, Ph.D.
Charles A. Desoer Chair in the College of Engineering
UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of Tennessee-Knoxville
" Benefit of Grid Edge Synchronized Measurements "

March 17 - Claire Tomlin, Ph.D.
Charles A. Desoer Chair in the College of Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California at Berkeley
"Safe Learning in Robotics"


September 15 - Francis Arnold, Ph.D.
2018 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Bioengineering
Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology
"Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life"

February 12 - Sharon Glotzer, Ph.D.
John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering
Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan
"Engineering Colloidal Matter and the Entropic Bond"


November 18 - Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D.
Martin Goldberg Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Translational Tissue Engineering Center
Johns Hopkins University

"Lesson from translation and rethinking biomaterials in the body"

March 13 - Menachem Elimelech, Ph.D.
Roberto Goizueta Professor
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Yale University
"Membrane Materials: Next-Generation Materials for Desalination and Wastewater"


September 20 - Robert Sutor, Ph.D.
Vice President for IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem
IBM Research, IBM
"Quantum Computing: Don't Count Your Qubits Before They're Hatched"

February 22 - Carlo Ratti, Ph.D.
Professor of Urban Technologies and Planning
Director, SENSEable City Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati
"Senseable Cities


November 29 - Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director, Laser Microbeam and Medical Program at the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, UCI
University of California, Irvine
"Wearable and Bedside Biophotonics: Technologies at the intersection between personalized medicine and personal health"

March 27 - Xiang Zhang, Ph.D.
Ernest S. Kuh Endowed Chair and Professor
University of California, Berkeley
"Metamaterials: Creating Properties that Do Not Exist in Nature"


November 29 - Joan F. Brennecke, Ph.D.
Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical Engineering
Notre Dame
"Ionic liquids for Energy-Related Applications"

January 25 - Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D.
Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering
Rice University
"From Brownsville to Blantyre: Designing Appropriate Technologies to Improve Healthcare in Low-Resource Settings"


October 12 - Vijay Kumar, Ph.D.
Nemirovsky Family Dean of Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
"Aerial Robot Swarms"

March 30 - R. Byron Pipes, Ph.D.
John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Purdue University
"Simulation in Composites Manufacturing"


September 9 - Carol K. Hall, Ph.D.
Camille Dreyfus Distinguished University Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
North Carolina State University
"A Computational Study of the Kinematic and Thermodynamic Origins of Alzheimer's and Related Diseases"

March 27 - Warren Washington, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
"The Development of Computer Earth System Models: Climate Change in the 20th and 21st Century"


October 23 - James J. Collins, Ph.D.
William F. Warren Distinguished Professor and University Professor
Boston University
"Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology"


October 2 - Daphne Koller, Ph.D.
Co-CEO, Coursera
Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
"The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone"

March 20 - Norman Fortenberry, Sc.D.
Executive Director
American Society for Engineering Education
"Engineering Excitement"

January 24 - Rebecca Bergman
Vice President for New Therapies and Diagnostics, CRDM
Medtronic, Inc.
"Medical Technology: Opportunities and Challenges for the Next Decade"


November 9 - Arun Majumdar, Ph.D.
Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
"ARPA-E: Catalyzing Energy Breakthroughs for a Secure American Future"

October 14 - Mark E. Davis, Ph.D.
Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology
"Fighting Cancer with Nanoparticle Medicines"

January 20 - Joseph Sifakis, Ph.D.
Verimag Laboratory, Grenoble, France
Co-winner of the 2007 A.M. Touring Award
"The Evolution of Computer Science"


February 23 - Charles Vest, Ph.D.
National Academy of Engineering
President Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Engineering, Innovation, and the Challenges of the 21st Century"

January 14 - Thomas Zakaria, Ph.D.
Deputy Lab Director for Science and Technology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"Advanced Computing for a Clean Energy Future"


September 24 - Michael Griffin, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering
University of Alabama - Huntsville
Former NASA Administrator, 2005-2009
"Challenges Facing the U.S. Civil Space Program"