DA VINCI LECTURES
About Da Vinci Lectures
As stated in the preamble to our constitution, one of the major goals of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, is "to foster a spirit of liberal culture at engineering colleges." Towards this end, the MIT chapter of Tau Beta Pi is pleased to host a series of dinner lectures, the TBP Leonardo da Vinci Dinners. MIT faculty members and TBP students from a wide variety of departments are invited to each dinner to enjoy good food, listen to an interesting presentation on a variety of topics, and engage in hearty conversation in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci: artist, architect, engineer, scientist, and philosopher. It is our hope that by bringing together people from many different fields we can foster the kind of intellectual diversity and love of knowledge exemplified by Leonardo and representative of Tau Beta Pi. These elegant dinners bring together about twenty TBP members and several faculty members. Each lecture begins at 6:00 PM and lasts approximately two hours. One of the faculty members gives a short presentation which acts as a catalyst for conversation during dinner. The presentations are meant to confront us with relevant issues of science, society, and culture: in short, to foster a spirit of liberal culture here at MIT. Dinner is provided free of charge to all guests.
Upcoming Da Vinci Lectures
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Past Da Vinci Lectures
Spring 2013 Lectures
Title Professor Date The Past and Future of Tissue Engineering Myron Spector 2/19/2013 Why do Young People get Arthritis and What can We Do? Alan Grodzinsky 3/5/2013 My love for RC Flying Dan Frey 3/14/2013 Mathematics of Being Humanoid Russ Tedrake 4/22/2013 Robots Robots and...more Robots! Franz Hover 4/29/2013 Life in Brazil Nilma Dominique 5/7/2013
Fall 2012 Lectures
Title Professor Date Research Connections: Tales from an Itinerant Researcher Prof. Tomás Lozano-Pérez 9/19/2012 Science? Engineering? Medicine? You don't have to choose. Dr. Julie Greenberg 10/24/2012
Spring 2012 Lectures
Title Professor Date Q&A on Graduate School Prof. Dane Wittrup 2/7/2012 "Monster" in Singapore Prof. Ole Madsen 4/3/2012 What is behind the Obama Advanced Manufacturing Partnership? Prof. David Hardt 4/3/2012 Vertical vs Horizontal Thinking in Engineering: Engineering Science and Engineering Systems Prof. Joseph Sussman 4/12/2012 How Original Spanish Inquisition Gave Way to Modern Inquisition Prof. Margery Resnick 5/7/2012
Spring 2011 Lectures
Title Professor Date Aircraft Recovery Raymond McCord 2/22/2011 Artificial Intelligence for the Ocean: Modelling Sensing, and Estimating, Watson Style Prof. Pierre Lermusiaux 3/14/2011 Engineering Ecstasy: The Priviledged Place of Electromechanics in Creating Art Prof. Steven Leeb 5/10/2011