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Dean's Lecture Series

Established in 2003, the Dean's Lecture Series brings some of the leading minds in tech to the Golisano College to share their insights with students, faculty, and the community. The lectures are free and open to the public. 

Next Dean's Lecture Series: Tad Hunt '97, Technical Lead/Manager at Google

Co-founder and former CTO of Exablox

Recipient of the 2016 Golisano College Distinguished Alumni Award.

When: Thursday, April 14

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Location: Golisano Auditorium, GOL-1400


Tad Hunt ‘97, (BS, computer science), discusses his philosophy of people operations and technology creation learned through conceptualizing, building, and shipping over dozens of software and hardware products during his 20 years in the technology industry.   He takes a broad view covering personal learnings as an entry level developer as a new college graduate, through his growth into a technical leader and visionary, and finally transition to full time leader as founder, CTO, and board member of a successful startup company.  It culminates with observations on how to surmount roadblocks encountered while bringing products to market.


Tad Hunt is Technical Lead/Manager at Google and a co-founder and former CTO of Exablox. Hunt graduated from RIT in 1997 with a degree in computer science.  He started his career at Bell Labs before moving to Silicon Valley to join a startup as one of the company’s very first employees.  After that company was acquired he cofounded Exablox along with his friend and fellow RIT alum, Frank Barrus, and a colleague from Bell Labs, Matthew Catino. While at RIT, Hunt was a member of the Computer Science House (CSH) and he remains actively involved with the club. He is the recipient of the Golisano College’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Presented by RIT’s Computer Science department

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Past Dean's Lecture Series speakers

October 16th, 2015 - Vint Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google. 

November 5th, 2015 - James D. Herbsleb, Professor, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University

2014-2015 Speakers

March 17th, 2015 - Kaitlin Thaney, Director, Mozilla Science Lab

April 17th, 2015 - John Resig '05, Creator of jQuery and Dean of Open Source, Khan Academy (2015 Golisano College Distinguished Alumnus)

April 23rd, 2015 - Jennifer Lesser Henley, Director of Security Operations, Facebook


2013-2014 Speakers

October 11th, 2013 - Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Director of MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program; co-leader of the World Economic Forum's Big Data and Personal Data Initiatives.

Hosted by the Golisano College Computer Science Department

November 15th, 2013Linda Northrop, Director of the Research, Technology, and System Solutions Program, Software Engineering Institute Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University 

Hosted by the Golisano College Software Engineering Department

Recent Past Speakers

Dr. Luis Von Ahn - CAPTCHA and Duolingo Creator; Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Gary McGraw - Software Security Expert; CTO, Cigital Inc. 

Dr. Mary Czerwinski - Research Manager of the Visualization and Interaction (VIBE) Research Group at Microsoft; ACM Distinguished Scientist

Dr. Hal Abelson - The Responsibility of Universitites in the Age of Information

For more information on the Dean's Lecture Series please contact Event Manager Nancy Dimock at