Distinguished Speaker Series

April 27- Marina Silva, Ex-Minister of the Environment, Brazil
"It's Time to Lead by Example"

November 29 - Dr. Regina Dugan & Dr. Ken Gabriel, DARPA
"Just Make It"

The connection between MIT and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) over the decades has been a strong one. On Tuesday, November 29, the two came together again to explore the current and future possibilities for expanding the US manufacturing industry through greater investment in advancing technology. Director of DARPA Dr. Regina Dugan and Deputy Director Dr. Kaigham Gabriel, introduced by President Hockfield and Political Science Head Rick Locke, spoke in Bartos Theatre to a large audience, mostly from the MIT community, about past and current DARPA projects that are advancing our collective scientific knowledge not only as it applies to defense, but to the daily life of the American people.
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October 31- Ted Strickland, former Governor of Ohio
"Rebuilding Manufacturing: A Governor's View from the Center of the Country"

In a troubled economy where those in power seem most interested in pointing fingers, it is refreshing to hear someone instead talking about solutions. At the lecture he gave in the MIT Media Lab on October 31, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland focused on the nation's path forward rather than the rocky road behind.
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September 15Ron Bloom, former Senior Counselor to the President for Manufacturing Policy
"Rebuilding the American Economy"

In 1950, more than 30 percent of Americans were employed in manufacturing, working at jobs such as welding, machining and assembly. Today, that number has shrunk significantly: Manufacturing jobs make up less than 10 percent of the U.S. workforce. As the country seeks to reinvigorate its job market and move past an economic recession, the state of U.S. manufacturing has become a hotly debated topic.
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Ron Bloom

Governor Strickland

Dr. Regina Dugan

President Susan Hockfield

Professor Richard Locke, Political Science Department Head

Professor Suzanne Berger, PIE co-chair