FREE, public event

UCSB’s Department of Economics is co-sponsoring a FREE, public event. Washington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek columnist, Vivek Wadhwa, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Dr. Ahmed Zewail, will discuss “Technology’s Promise, Humanity’s Future” at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18 in UCSB Campbell Hall.

Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University, Silicon Valley, Fellow at the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University, Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.  In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an “Outstanding American by Choice” — for his “commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans.”

Ahmed Zewail, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, serves as Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics and Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology, (Caltech), where he is currently the Director of the Moore Foundation’s Center for Physical Biology.  In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Council of Advisors of the White House and also named him as the first United States Science Envoy to the Middle East.  In 2011, he was recognized as one of the Top American Leaders of the year by The Washington Post and Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.