Bunshaft Lecture

8th Annual Bunshaft Lecture 

Dr. Guru Madhavan

"Engineering Our Wicked Problems"

The 8th Annual Bunshaft Lecture originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020, has been postponed indefinitely.

Featuring Guru Madhavan
Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Director of Programs
National Academy of Engineering 

Using narratives of design and case-studies from different contexts, this talk will discuss an engineering vision to approach problems that don’t readily yield to solutions.

About the Speaker
Dr. Guru Madhavan is the Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and director of programs of the National Academy of Engineering where he leads and oversees activities of broad scope and complexity focused on engineering practice, education, research, communication, and policies. His portfolio of work at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has included leading the analyses for making prescription medicines affordable and developing a national strategy for cancer control in the U.S., directing a global health forum on infectious diseases, and conducting the research, design, and development of a systems analysis platform for prioritizing new vaccines and related interventions. 

A systems engineer by background, Dr. Madhavan received his M.S. in biomedical engineering (2002) from Stony Brook University, State University of New York (SUNY), and an M.B.A. (2007) and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering (2009) from Binghamton University, SUNY. He has served as a technical adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has worked in the medical device industry as a research scientist developing cardiac surgical catheters for ablation therapy and neuromuscular stimulators for improving circulation. He has served as a vice-president of IEEE-USA and was a founding member of the Global Young Academy. 

Among numerous honors, Dr. Madhavan has received the National Academies’ Innovator Award, National Academy of Medicine’s Cecil Medal, AAMI–Becton Dickinson Award for Professional Achievement, Washington Academy of Sciences’ Krupsaw Award for engineering sciences and education, Professional Achievement Award from the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and has been named a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum. He is an elected fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. 

His publications include the nonfiction "Applied Minds: How Engineers Think" (W.W. Norton) that has been translated into many languages. For his books and lectures, he has received the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement of the Engineering Profession. 

Bunshaft Lecture 

Established through the generosity of Albert Bunshaft ’80 and Caryn Bunshaft ’82, The Bunshaft Endowment in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences provides support for this lecture, which is designed to provide information to the student community about a broad range of topics related to careers in computing and engineering sciences.

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Bunshaft Lecture discussion
Faculty panel on Artificial Intelligence during the 7th Annual Bunshaft Lecture at the University at Albany Campus Center Assembly Hall.