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National Academy of Engineering president speaks Tuesday

Bill Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, will deliver a keynote address titled “University Alert: The Information Railroad Is Coming,” during a symposium Tuesday celebrating the establishment of the computer science and engineering department in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Wulf, University Professor and AT&T Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, starts with the premise that “the rapid evolution of information technologies presents numerous challenges and opportunities for universities, but that these are not well understood by academic administrators or their faculty.”

Hank Korth, chair of the computer science and engineering department (CSE), will give the second keynote address on future directions in computer science and computer engineering.

Korth and Wulf will join Allan Frank, a member of Lehigh’s board of trustees, in a panel discussion on the same topic. Frank earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Lehigh in 1976, an MBA in 1978, and an M.S. in computer science in 1979. He is now president and chief technology officer for AnswerThink, a business and technology consulting firm.

Other speakers at the event, which will be held in Iacocca Hall, include Gregory Farrington, president of Lehigh, and Mohamed El-Aasser, dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

The symposium, which is by invitation only, will conclude with a poster session and demonstrations by CSE faculty.

The CSE department was created in June 2001 when the former department of electrical engineering and computer science divided into two new departments—CSE and electrical and computer engineering (ECE)—in a move to boost Lehigh’s programs in information technology.

The department is in the early stages of a growth spurt which will result in a significant increase in the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty.

--Kurt Pfitzer
kap4@lehigh.edu

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003

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