• Custer Lecture Series

    Open to the public, our lecture series is designed for students to hear from engineers about non-technical skills and experiences that will boost their career.

Custer Speaker Series

"The speaker series is a learning experience that will challenge and excite you. I hope it will show you what an exciting future you can have and gives you a real-work experience along with some out of the box learning." - David Custer, CEO, Custer, Inc., and sponsor of the Custer Speaker Series

Open to the public, our speaker series is designed for students and community members to hear from professionals on topics that broaden attendees’ understanding of the world and add depth to experiences. It is also an opportunity for our alumni and community members to engage with our students, potential future employees.

  • Dr. Barbara Oakley: Educator. Writer. Engineer. September 16

    Photo of Dr. Barbara OakleyLearn How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools To Help Master Tough Subjects

    • Thursday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.
    • Fetzer Center on WMU's main campus (2251 Business Court).
    • Author of A Mind for Numbers, Oakley will provide free books to first 75 WMU students and faculty attending the event. 
    • Book signing and light snacks to follow talk.
    • Hosted by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dr. Matthew Cavalli, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.


    Cover of Oakley's book A Mind for NumbersAbout Barbara Oakley

    Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., is the bestselling author of A Mind for Numbers, a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and a Professional Engineer. Her research involves bio-engineering with an emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Oakley is an internationally recognized expert on learning and on creating high-quality online materials for massive open online courses. With Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, she co-created and teaches one of the world's most popular MOOCs, Learning How to Learn.

  • Dr. Victor Strecher: Well-Being Expert, November 18

    Photo of Victor StrecherOn Purpose: Lessons In Life and Health From The Frog, The Dung Beetle, and Julia

    • Open to the Public
    • Thursday, November 11, 4:30 p.m.
    • D-115 Floyd Hall, home of the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
    • Free copies of Strecher's book, On Purpose: Lessons In Life and Health From The Frog, The Dung Beetle, and Julia are available by contacting Carey Schoolmaster
    • Book signing and light snacks to follow talk.

    About Victor Strecher

    On Purpose graphic novel coverVictor Strecher is a visionary leader and expert in the fields of behavior change, digital communication, and wellbeing. He is Founder and CEO of Kumanu, Professor at the University of Michigan, renowned speaker, and author.  Vic Strecher is a leader and visionary in the fields of purpose and wellbeing, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” Since January 2014, Vic has given keynote presentations about the role of purpose in life to over 1,500 organizations. 

    His book, On Purpose: Lessons In Life and Health From The Frog, The Dung Beetle, and Julia, is a graphic novel about self-discovery and personal growth you’ll never forget. It’s an adventure story—a journey that you can join and make completely your own. It’s about how living with purpose can generate powerful benefits for you and the world around you.

    Get ready to discuss the book.

    Email Carey Schoolmaster to get your free copy today and check it out before this event!

For more information about the Custer Speaker Series, contact 

Carey Schoolmaster