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Sponsored by the Office of the President, the University Lecture Series provides a forum for speakers of national and international importance to enhance scholarly and scientific learning and to stimulate the intellectual climate of the university and surrounding communities.

The Edison of Medicine: ​Robert Langer’s Quest to Solve Global Health Challenges using Biotechnology

Robert Langer, PhD, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will deliver WPI's University Lecture on March 16, 2020. Recognized as the Thomas Edison of our times, Langer is the most quoted engineer in the world and has more than 1,350 issued and pending patents worldwide.

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2019 Video Highlights

Highlights from the 2019 presentation from Space Exploration: Past, Present, and Future, A Celebration of 50 Years Since Apollo, featuring James Green, NASA Chief Scientist, and Steven M. Rothstein, Executive Director, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Previous University Lectures

2018-2019 Academic Year

"Space Exploration: Past, Present and Future, A Celebration of 50 Years since Apollo"

JAMES GREENNASA Chief Scientist and STEVEN M. ROTHSTEINExecutive Director, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

2017- 2018 Academic Year 

"Technology and Humanities: Building the Leaders of the Future"

SCOTT HARTLEY, Author, Venture Capitalist, and Startup Advisor

2016- 2017 Academic Year 

"Engineering Future Entrepreneurs"

CARL J. SCHRAMM, University Professor

2015- 2016 Academic Year

“The Global Ergonomics of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: Combating Feat Through Innovation”

PAMELA MCCAULEY, PHD, CPE, Engineer, Educator, Expert, Entrepreneur

2014 - 2015 Academic Year

Prioritizing Our Greatest Problems Versus Prioritizing Our Efforts to Find Solutions

BJORN LOMBORG, Director of Copenhagen Consensus Center and Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School