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Gould Lecture Series

The William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life was inaugurated October 7, 1992, at the University of Utah Marriott Library.

In establishing the lecture series, Bill and Erlyn Gould both recognized the critical need for continuing public education about issues regarding modern technology and its impact on our daily lives.

Inherent to the advantage of technology is the importance of understanding the ramifications and responsibilities that accompany modern scientific discovery. Only through continuing public education can scientific fact and social philosophy be successfully merged.

The lecture series is intended to provide a forum for the discussion of problems, issues, experiences, and successful case histories of the regeneration and preservation of our communities through the application of modern technology.

It is hoped that an increased awareness of obligation in the public trust will emerge among practitioners of technology as they address the very important environmental and life-deteriorating problems facing society today.

Through interaction between technologists and opinion leaders in communities that are the benefactors of their efforts, a synergism can develop through which society may see great benefit in the long-term future.

With the lecture series, it is intended that a dialogue be opened between the technologist, the philosopher, the humanist, the private citizen, and all who may wish to assert an active voice in our collective future.

In such an atmosphere of mutual interest and understanding, no one group will be singled out for exclusion or blame for society's ills; rather, through understanding, discourse, and public education the positive direction of our future may be shaped.

The Marriott Library's mission is to provide information in all formats sufficient to support the scholarship, teaching, and research programs of the University of Utah to its students and faculty, and to the citizens of the state.

In this light, the annual lecture will strive toward providing a greater public understanding of technology and the social potential that can be cultivated.

In conjunction with the Utah Science, Engineering, and Medical Archives program of the Marriott Library, the lecture series will provide the means of bridging the many disciplines of technology while meeting the needs of the public in understanding its rich and diverse technological heritage.

2015 Dr. Pramod Khargonekar   

"Engineering for the 21st Century – A Perspective from the National Science Foundation"

Dr. Pramod Khargonekar is the former Dean of the University of Florida's College of Engineering, Deputy Director for Technology at the U. S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Project's Agency-Energy, and is currently the Assistant Director for the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Engineering.

Engineering research and resulting technologies have had enormous influence on society since the industrial revolution. The pace of discovery and invention continues to accelerate in many areas of engineering such as nanotechnology, engineering for biology and medicine, and engineering for energy, water, agriculture, infrastructure, and natural resources. In this talk, Dr. Khargonekar will discuss major trends and forces that are shaping the advances in engineering and technology. Success of technological advances is inextricably linked with its connection to people at various levels as individuals, groups, communities, organizations, nations and the world. Dr. Khargonekar will share his thoughts on the enormous opportunities ahead as we look to shaping the 21st century of human progress.

12:00pm, November 10th, 2015

Gould Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

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