2013-03-14 / News

Dr. Steve Chan to speak at Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series on Engineering for Leadership in the 21st Century

The Northfield News

Norwich University continues the Spring 2013 Todd Lecture Series with “Decision Engineering for Leadership on the 21st Century Landscape,” a presentation by Dr. Steve Chan, on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

Chan serves as Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership, and his presentation is hosted by the College of National Services.

According to Chan: “We live in a dynamically evolving world in which the velocity, volume, and vectors of change are increasing. Ongoing globalization has increased the number of actively engaged and influential actors on the world stage, while planned technological evolution and disruptive technologies have increased global complexity, connectivity, and interdependency. This convergence of trends has resulted in a daunting 21st century decision-making landscape. Given this backdrop, there is less time to actively collect, analyze, evaluate, and actuate upon the burgeoning corpus of Big Data, and a core issue for leadership will center upon how to move from Big Data to Big Insights to facilitate more robust decision-making — the realm of Robust Decision Engineering.”

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, Chan has also served as a National Preparedness Fellow within the MIT School of Engineering as well as a chief architect within the Engineering Systems Division of MIT.

Chan is currently a Prince of Wales Senior Fellow and a chief technology officer/research scientist within the Department of Comparative Media Studies at MIT. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the MIT International Development Initiative, the Department of Defense's Advanced Distributed Learning Co- Lab at the FedEx Institute of Technology, and on the Advisory Council for the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium.

Chan also serves as a chief architect and special advisor for elements of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, International Security Assistance Force at Kabul, Afghanistan, and is a member of a White House team on human trafficking.

As a Director of the MIT-IBM Network Science Research Center, he is focused upon methodologies that will facilitate moving from “Big Data to Big Insights” for more robust decision-making by public leaders.

The Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of MG Russell Todd (USA Ret.) and his wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the University. MG Todd, ’50, serves as Norwich President Emeritus. With this series, Norwich reaches out to bring significant lecturers to campus. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information email toddlectureseries@norwich.edu or call (802)485-2633.

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