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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.

2017

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"

2016

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"

2015

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"

2014

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"

2013

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

2012

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"

2011

November 9 - Arun Majumdar, Ph.D.
Director
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.
Founder
Verimag Laboratory, Grenoble, France
Co-winner of the 2007 A.M. Touring Award
"The Evolution of Computer Science"

2010

February 23 - Charles Vest, Ph.D.
President
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"

2009

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"