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Monday, November 11

7:30 – 8:00am — Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30am — Opening Keynote Session

Laura McGill

Keynote Presentation
Laura McGill
Vice President of Engineering
Raytheon Missile Systems

Title: Converging Technology and Engineering to Meet Changing Global Needs

Abstract: The role of an engineer is to provide capabilities that bridge the gap between technology and Society’s needs and desires.  Coming from the perspective of Aerospace and Defense, this address will describe the challenges in navigating through increasingly complicated trade spaces, as well as the opportunities that enable us to successfully deliver capabilities that enhance the human condition, advance performance, extend our frontiers and knowledge of the universe, and delight the users of our systems.

Bio: Laura McGill is the Vice President of Engineering at Raytheon Missile Systems, an $8.3B business of Raytheon Corporation, having previously served as the Deputy VP. From 2007 through 2011, she was the Product Line Chief Engineer for Air Warfare Systems, for which she was responsible for all engineering activities and technical performance of a $2B portfolio of Air-to-Air Missiles, Precision-Strike Air-to-Ground Weapons, and Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. Her earlier assignments included a progression of Program Director and Chief Engineer positions, including AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles. She was named a Principal Engineering Fellow in 2010. Laura is an adjunct lecturer for Raytheon's onsite M.S. in Systems Engineering program with Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. She is a Lifetime Fellow of the AIAA and has served on the Board of Directors as the Vice-President of Technical Activities, Standards and as Treasurer. She serves on numerous academic and research foundation advisory boards and she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in Feb 2019.

Tuesday, November 12

7:30 – 8:00am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00am Keynote Lecture - ASME 2019 Richard J. Goldstein Energy Lecture Award


Keynote Presentation
Dr. Steven Chu
Nobel Prize in Physics Co-Recipient
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy
William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics
Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology
Stanford University Medical School

Title: Climate Change and Innovative Paths to a Sustainable Future

Abstract: The industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world for the better, but the unintended consequence of these revolutions is that humans are changing the climate of Earth. I will very briefly describe new data on climate change, and then turn to how science, engineering and innovation can provide a path to a sustainable and more prosperous future. Topics to be discussed will range from innovations in food production, power transmission, energy storage including economically competitive electrochemical production of hydrogen and population growth.

Bio: Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. He is President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and the publisher of the Science family of journals. He has published nearly 300 papers in atomic physics, polymer physics, biophysics, molecular biology imaging, ultrasound imaging, nanoparticle synthesis, batteries and other electrochemical applications and energy technologies. He holds 10 patents, and has 11 more patent filings since 2015.

Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. As the longest serving Energy Secretary, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), the Energy Innovation Hubs, the annual Clean Energy Ministerial meetings in 2009, was personally tasked by President Obama to assist BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.

From 2004 – 2009, he was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he was active in pursuit of renewable and other forms of clean energy technologies. Previously, he was the Theodore and Francis Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. He was twice Chair of the Physics Department (1990-1993, 1999-2001), helped launch Bio-X in 1998, a multi-disciplinary institute combining the physical and biological sciences with medicine and engineering, and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology in 2002. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1987, he was head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Chu is the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping, and has received numerous other awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics and a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, has been awarded 32 honorary degrees.

Thursday, November 14

12:15 – 1:45pm — Closing Lunch Keynote

Barbara Humpton

Keynote Presentation
Barbara Humpton
Siemens USA

Title: Expanding What's Humanly Possible: The Real Purpose of Digital Technology
“Humpton began her career as a software programmer in the early 1980s and never could have imagined the power of today’s technology. But what are we trying to achieve with this power?” That’s the question Siemens USA’s CEO will raise in her keynote as she shares a future vision in which digital technology provides engineers with new tools to solve the world’s biggest challenges.”

Bio: Barbara Humpton is CEO of Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees and over$23 billion in revenues and $5 billion in annual exports.

Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.(SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT.

Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.

Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Barbara is Chairman of the Siemens Foundation and of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the board of directors of MorganFranklin, the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, the Northern Virginia Tech Council and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.