Science, Technology and Policy Forum-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Science, Technology and Policy Forum

Through lectures, panels, and roundtable discussions, the Science, Technology and Policy Forum aims to spark dynamic, campus-wide dialogue on scientific and technological innovation and their potential societal and policy impacts. Throughout the academic year, CMU will host recognized internal and external thought leaders who will expose faculty, students, and staff to ways in which research extends beyond the laboratory. The forum also gives the Pittsburgh community an opportunity to hear leading scientists, technologists, and policy experts discuss their fields, potentially promoting science and technology as a critical public good. All lectures and panels are open to the campus community and public.

Please visit our YouTube playlist on the Carnegie Mellon University channel to access all of our lectures.

Upcoming Lecture

Mark Johnson bio photoApril 10, 2017
3 - 4:30pm
Connan Room
Cohon University Center (1st floor)

"Atoms, Watts and Bytes: Emerging Scientific Convergence in Advanced Manufacturing"

Mark Johnson
Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO)
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
U.S. Department of Energy

This talk discusses how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is becoming as important — or more important — than materials and processes in manufacturing. This transition is leading to the need for new frameworks for everything from industrial ecosystems to public planning about manufacturing. The ability to translate scientific understanding and knowledge to manufactured products will be the difference between success and failure. It also requires deeper scientific understanding in three specific areas: bottom-up manufacturing of heterogeneous materials (widely dissimilar materials); data for manufacturing processes across systems, and the controlled localization of energy inputs in manufacturing processes.

Past Lectures

Shaping Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Learning for Tomorrow:  Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director, NSF
Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate
November 15, 2016

Opportunities and Challenges in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

Fay Lomax Cook, Assistant Director, NSF
Director, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate
April 27, 2016

The Impact of the Internet on the News Media

Susan Athey, Economics of Technology Professor
Stanford Graduate School of Business
March 28, 2016


Opportunities and Challenges in Engineering Research, Education, and Innovation

Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director
National Science Foundation for the Directorate of Engineering
December 7, 2015

An Expanding and Expansive View of Computing

Jim Kurose, Assistant Director
National Science Foundation, Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)
October 8, 2015