Published: Nov. 9, 2017
John Holdren speaks with President Obama in the White House

John Holdren, President Barack Obama's science advisor for eight years, will be on campus Thursday, Nov. 16, to talk about the past and future of U.S. science and technology policy.

Holdren is the longest-serving science advisor to any president and was a central member of Obama’s senior staff. He focused on issues like energy, environment, nuclear proliferation, STEM education and the nation’s space exploration portfolio.

Free and open to the public, the event will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom and will include a Q&A with the audience. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP here.

I look forward to coming to CU Engineering to talk about how the partnership of government, academia and industry has, for many decades, advanced the public interest in economic progress, public health, environmental quality, national security and expanding the frontiers of knowledge and how the continuation of such progress is placed at risk if the government withdraws from this collaboration,” said Holdren.

If you go

Who: Open to the public
What: Dean's Speaker Series with John Holdren
When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 5–6 p.m.
Where: University Memorial Center, Glenn Miller Ballroom
RSVP: Requested

A reception to benefit Engineers Without Borders will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. following Holdren’s talk. Tickets are $25. RSVP now.

Holdren’s talk is the inaugural event of the CU Boulder engineering Dean’s Speaker Series, started by Bobby Braun, who became dean of CU Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science in January 2017. The Holdren event also will be livestreamed at the engineering website.

The event also will include a 15th-anniversary celebration of Engineers Without Borders USA, founded in 2002 by CU Boulder Distinguished Professor Bernard Amadei of civil engineering. With a goal of creating positive change for developing communities through the combined efforts of students, faculty, professional engineers and community members, Engineers Without Borders USA now spans 46 countries and has more than 16,000 members.

A reception to benefit Engineers Without Borders, which will include a silent auction, food, drinks and live music, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. following Holdren’s talk. Those interested in attending should RSVP for the reception. Tickets are $25, and all donations for the reception will be matched by CU Boulder’s Engineering Excellence Fund.