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.

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DLS Bob Moore

Bob Moore, CEO of Eagle Dream Technologies presents "Demystifying AI for the Real World"

Please join us as we present Golisano College Dean’s Lecture Series speaker Mr. Bob Moore, CEO of EagleDream Technologies and current member of RIT Board of Trustees, on Wednesday, March 4th, 1:30–3:00 p.m., in GOL Auditorium! He will speak on “Demystifying Artificial Intelligence for the Real World.” With special guest speakers, Brien Blandford (Partner Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services) and Dr. Zack Butler (professor, Computer Science Dept.), we invite you to stay afterwards for the Deepracer Championship Race and celebrate the winning student teams! (RIT has a few teams competing along teams from other local colleges.)

Prior to becoming CEO of EagleDream, Bob was a founding member of PAETEC. In his role as Executive Vice President and CIO, he led a team of 450 professionals in Information Technology, Engineering, Network Services, and Customer Service Delivery. He most recently served Windstream Communications as Senior Vice President of Applications and Development.

Please help promote this lecture by encouraging your students to attend—especially if such topics as AI, machine learning, using AI/ML strategies to build for the future are of interest to them. In the past, some faculty have offered extra credit for attending such lectures. I will pass around a sign-in sheet to gather students’ names for you. We appreciate your assistance in making this a well-attended event.

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

Past Speakers

2018-2019 speakers

Brett Williams, Major General USAF (Retired) presents "Defending the Nation in Cyberspace"

Mike Regelski '89, '93, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Sector, EATON Corp. presents "Cybersecurity and Industrial Internet of Things"

Ruthe Farmer, Chief Evangelist at presents "Championing Change: Creating Diversity in Tech at Scale"

Suzet M. McKinney, CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District presents “Old Problems, New Solutions: Can Technology Offer Solutions to Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Challenges?”

2017-2018 speakers

T.L. Taylor, Professor, Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology presents “Watch Me Play: Games, Live Streaming, and the Rise of Networked Broadcast

Mark Guzdial, Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology presents “Improving Computing Education with Learning Sciences: Predictions, Subgoals, and Parsons”

Sir Dermot Turing presents “Alan Turing – The Man Behind the Myth”

2016-2017 speakers

Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Chief Scientist, Catalyst Repository Systems presents “Challenges and Opportunities in eDiscovery and Information Governance: Not Everything is Big Data”

Vicki Hanson, ACM President and Distinguished Professor

2015-2016 speakers

Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google presents “Digital Vellum: Preserving Digital Content for the Ages”

James D. Herbsleb, Professor, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University

2014-2015 speakers

Kaitlin Thaney, Director, Mozilla Science Lab

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

Jennifer Lesser Henley, Director of Security Operations, Facebook

2013-2014 speakers

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.

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

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