Leadership Speaker Series

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As part of a commitment to experiential learning, the Engineering Leadership Program is pleased to present an ongoing series of speakers on engineering and leadership topics. Keep this page bookmarked for upcoming events, as well as updates on future speaker appearances! Past events in this series have been co-sponsored by a variety of CU-Boulder departments and groups, including the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Leeds School of Business, Newton Leadership Chair, Colorado Law, and affiliated programs.

Students enrolled in the Engineering Leadership Program may include Leadership Speaker Series events as a leadership seminar in their leadership portfolio.

James Truchard
"Preparing Students for 21st-Century Design Challenges"
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Systems - such as smartphones and medical systems - are ubiquitous in the world today, helping to improve everyday life and solve the grand challenges of our times. Students need to prepare for 21st-century design and verification of these systems, which incorporate essential elements of engineering to function properly - everything from cyber-physical systems and RF/wireless and transportation to healthcare and energy. Engineers must take innovative approaches using emerging technologies. Dr. Truchard will give his views and discuss his approach.  

As one of Forbes’ America’s Favorite Bosses, Dr. James Truchard - commonly known around National Instruments as Dr. T - led the company from a three-man team to a multinational organization of more than 7,000, and maintains an entrepreneurial mindset in the company. Under Truchard’s leadership, NI has pioneered virtual instrumentation software and hardware that revolutionizes the way engineers and scientists develop measurement and automation applications. Truchard also is an active supporter of academic efforts including hands-on, project-based learning.  Before founding NI, Truchard led the acoustical measurements division at the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin. Truchard holds a PhD in electrical engineering, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in physics, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Past Leadership Speaker Series Events

Norman Augustine
"Engineering the Leader"

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corp., Former Under Secretary of the Army, and Chairman of the 2009 Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee
Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Honorable Federico F. Peña
"Achieving U.S. Energy Independence In Our Lifetime"

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Secretary of Transportation during the Clinton Administration, and 40th Mayor of Denver
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dr. Paul Polak
"Leadership, Engineering and Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail"

Author of "Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Methods Fail" and co-founder and CEO of Windhorse International
Tuesday, March 4, 2013

Travis McCoy
"Working, Innovating, and Leading at Google"

Product Manager (Chrome Sync and Security teams) and Associate Project Manager Program Coordinator at Google; formerly an engineer in various roles in the Washington, D.C. intelligence community
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

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