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Centennial series continues with lecture by engineering expert

Oct. 17, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A computer researcher and information scientist whose career has spanned academia, government and big business is the next guest lecturer in the Western Michigan University Centennial Scholar and Artist Series.

The WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences will serve as host to Dr. William A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, for a public lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in Room D109 at the college's Parkview Campus facility. He will speak about the need to increase technological literacy in grades K-12 and among the general public. The event is free and open to the public.

Wulf also is vice chairperson of the National Research Council, the principal operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and he has a long history of achievement in computer research and engineering. In 1968 he earned the University of Virginia's first doctoral degree in computer science and later served on the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University. During his tenure there, Wulf established the Pittsburgh High Technology Council and founded a mid-sized company specializing in optimizing compilers. From 1988 to 1990 he served as an assistant director at the National Science Foundation.

He is currently the AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. Revising the undergraduate curriculum, assisting humanities scholars as they explore information technology, and continuing his research in computer security and architecture are among the many scholarly activities in which he is involved.

Wulf's visit comes is part of the University's ongoing Centennial Scholar and Artist Series, a special lineup of lectures, performances and presentations planned for WMU alumni, faculty, staff and students and the Kalamazoo area community. His lecture is among several presented by centennial series participants who are national and international achievers in the arts and culture, business, education, government, health and science.

A complete schedule of centennial celebration events is posted to University's Web site at <www.wmich.edu/centennial>.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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