A group of students gather for an Inspiring Conversations event at WMU

Inspiring Conversations

Discussions led by thought leaders, changemakers and industry professionals for thinking more deeply about advancing our world’s greatest challenges from an engineering perspective.


  • 2024

    The Digital Art Renaissance

    Nik Kalyani, B.S.'92

    • Tuesday, Jan. 16
    • 2 p.m.
    • Virtual Imaging Technology (VITAL) Lab, 3006 Dalton Center

    Programmable Money through Art

    Nik Kalyani, B.S.'92

    • Wednesday, Jan. 17
    • 10:30 a.m.
    • Parkview Room, D-132 Floyd Hal

    Nic Kalyani headshotNik Kalyani is a technology entrepreneur and founder of Vitruveo, the blockchain for creators. Vitruveo is on a mission to give creators a sustainable income through art. A prolific digital art collector, Kalyani has supported thousands of artists in the space. He previously founded five tech startups with three exits. The most notable was DNN, a broadly used Open Source CMS on the Microsoft tech stack. He has also helped thousands of developers learn blockchain programming through his work on Udacity’s Blockchain Nanodegree. Kalyani resides in Mountain View, California, where he pursues his passion of voiding warranties on technology gadgets.

    Kalyani earned a B.S. degree in computer science from Western Michigan University.

  • 2023

    Imagination Meets Reality

    Tom Armbruster, B.S.E.'94
    CEO, 209 group and MoCap Solutions

    • Wednesday, Nov. 15
    • 2 p.m.
    • Parkview Room, D-132 Floyd Hall

    The Things No One is Telling You That You Need to Know in Engineering

    WMU alumni at the Boeing Company

    • Tuesday, Sept. 19
    • 1 to 2 p.m.
    • Parkview Room, D-132 Floyd Hall

    Resume Workshop with Boeing

    • Tuesday, Sept. 19
    • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Parkview Room, D-132 Floyd Hall