Santa Clara University


President's Speaker Series 2012

2011-2012 President's Speaker Series


Each year, Santa Clara University’s President welcomes speakers to campus to further the University’s commitment to intellectual rigor, critical thinking, and scholarly and professional excellence.

Thank you to everyone who attended the sixth annual series in 2011-2012, which celebrated eminent leaders in the field of engineering. Please check back with us in the fall of 2012 for more information on the seventh series.


Series 2011-2012: Engineering with a Mission

Series is co-sponsored by the SCU Center for Performing Arts and the SCU School of Engineering.

2011-2012 Speakers
  • McLurkin_James(300)_smallJames McLurkin - Dances with Robots

    April 16, 2012
    Mayer Theater, 7:30 p.m.

    James McLurkin is an assistant professor at Rice University in the Department of Computer Science where he has taught since 2008. His primary research involves creating the software for large swarms of autonomous robots.

    McLurkin was inspired by the behavior of ants and bees in the creation of “SwarmBots,” which perform individual tasks that contribute to the goals of the group. The SwarmBots were originally created during his five-year post as lead research scientist at iRobot.

    As a graduate student, in 2003 McLurkin was the recipient of the Lemelson-MIT student prize for invention. He holds a S.B. in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T., a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a S.M. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from M.I.T.

    Since completing his undergraduate degree from M.I.T. in 1995, he’s lectured at universities and companies, while also teaching students from elementary to graduate school in an effort to instill a passion for science and engineering in people of all ages.

  • Woz-Head-Shot_smallSteve Wozniak - From Garage to Global Importance: the Rise of the PC

    January 26, 2012
    Mayer Theater, 7:30 p.m.

    In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, Wozniak developed the Apple II personal computer, featuring innovations such as a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

    On the heels of his success with Apple, Wozniak chose to finish his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. For his contributions to the field of personal computing, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s innovators.

    In recent years, Wozniak has focused on education and philanthropy. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Wozniak also adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of technology equipment.

    Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-IO and released his best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in 2006.


  • paul-otellini_6_smallPaul Otellini - The Innovation Imperative

    October 6, 2011
    Mayer Theater, 7:30 p.m.

    Since 2005, Paul Otellini has been president and CEO of Intel Corporation.

    Since joining Intel in 1974, Otellini has managed several Intel businesses, including the PC and server division and global sales and marketing. He has been a member of Intel's board of directors since 2002.

    Otellini received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of San Francisco in 1972, and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. Otellini serves on the board of directors of Google Inc. He also serves on the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Watch Steve Wozniak's Lecture

 Watch James McLurkin's Lecture