Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

Jiawei Han

Jiawei Han, the Michael Aiken Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discussed Text Mining — A Pretrained Language Model-Based, Annotation-Free Approach on February 24, 2023. Read more about the lecture Watch this lecture on YouTube

Robert Calderbank

Robert Calderbank

Robert Calderbank is a Distinguished Professor at Duke University, where he directs the Rhodes Information Initiative. He is known for contributions to voiceband modem technology, to quantum information theory and for co-invention of space-time codes for wireless communication. He presented the lecture “Back to the Future” on Thursday, April 21, 2022. Read more about the…

Ellen Stofan

Ellen R. Stofan

Ellen R. Stofan, the Undersecretary for Science and Research and the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, discussed the geology of other planets in “Exploring Outward and Homeward: The Past, Present and Future of Moving Us Beyond Earth” on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Read more about the lecture…

Robert Langer

Robert Langer

Robert Langer, considered the “Edison of medicine,” spoke about advanced drug delivery systems, biomaterials and tissue engineering in his lecture “Robert Langer’s quest to solve global health challenges using biotechnology” on Friday, February 7, 2020. Read more about the lecture Watch the lecture recording

Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Megan Smith, a prominent engineering entrepreneur, delivered the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture titled “Innovation Unleashed: Engineering Systems and Collective Genius” on Friday, April 5, 2019. Read more about the lecture Watch the lecture recording

Deans Lecture 2018

George M. Whitesides

In this lecture by George M. Whitesides entitled “Soft Robotics,” listeners learned about how flexible invertebrates such as starfish, worms and octopi can inspire robot designs that provide opportunities in materials and polymer science. The lecture was held Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Read more about the lecture Watch this lecture on YouTube


Pramod P. Khargonekar

Pramod P. Khargonekar provided an overview of the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation, beginning with a description of the mission and vision followed by various research and education programs. He discussed major trends and novel programmatic directions, ending with a discussion of the key strategic issues in engineering education. The lecture was on…