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Sept. 4: Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering Hosts Washington Speaker Series

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Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering
Hosts Washington Speaker Series

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Pradeep K. Khosla will moderate a distinguished panel of innovation experts from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10 at the fourth annual Washington Speakers Series at the Cosmos Club at 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington, D.C.  
    
The panel discussion, "Inspiring Innovation: Reinventing the Theory, Practice and Policy of Transformational Change," will feature Robert D. Atkinson, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Erica R. H. Fuchs, an assistant professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon; Robert K. Gardner, founder of New World Technology Partners; Egils Milbergs, executive director of the Washington Economic Development Commission; and Rep. David Wu (D-Oregon), chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. Prior to the panel discussion, Jack Goldman, creator of Xerox PARC and former physics professor at Carnegie Mellon, will speak about innovation.
    
"We need to change the way we track innovation, and this distinguished panel will discuss how breakthroughs in the way information is processed and handled can improve the so-called knowledge flows," said Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab. "Understanding how the quest for innovative products influences markets and how to manage it effectively through a changing, global workplace is key to any kind of transformational change in both the private and public sectors," Khosla said. "Innovation continues to change in its complexity, and the College of Engineering is helping lead the way, not just in the classroom, but in terms of economic development and sound public policy."
    
Fuchs, for example, will talk about how the most economically viable technologies produced in one country may not necessarily be the most economically viable technologies when produced in another. "It is impossible to separate technology development and manufacturing from the nation in which they take place," Fuchs said.
    
Carnegie Mellon's Washington Speaker Series, sponsored by its College of Engineering, is a nonpartisan forum designed to enhance meaningful exchange among business, government and research leaders by exploring issues at the intersection of policy, technology and innovation.
 
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Watch College of Engineering Dean Pradeep K. Khosla talk about the upcoming Washington Speaker Series in the video at right, or at this link.