2021 Spring Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture Series

Interested students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community are invited to join the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering for the Spring 2021 Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture Series which will bring influential leaders in engineering to Georgia Tech virtually to share their experiences.

On February 17 Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Thomas P. Bostick will deliver a talk titled “Lessons Learned Through a Career of Service.” The lecture will focus on Lt. Gen. (Ret) Bostick’s distinguished Army career during which he served as 53rd Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Bostick recently served as Chief Operating Officer and President, Intrexon Bioengineering (NASDAQ: XON). He is currently consulting in biotech, engineering, and talent management. During his military career Bostick helped lead the nation’s response to Superstorm Sandy.  He was the Army’s Director of Personnel; he deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom and later commanded the Gulf Region Division with responsibility for an $18B construction program. During 9/11, he was the senior watch officer in the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center on the Joint Staff. He was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at West Point.  As a White House Fellow, he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Bostick is a licensed professional engineer and a Forbes Contributor. He is on the boards of CSX (NASDAQ: CSX), Perma-Fix (NASDAQ: PESI), HireVue, and American Corporate Partners (ACP). Bostick is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, holds Master of Science Degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.   

Lt. Gen. (Retired) Thomas P. Bostick
Title: "Lessons Learned Through a Career of Service"
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Time: 11 am, followed by Q&A
Location: http://bit.ly/Trailblazer-Bostick (WebEx)

On March 24 the Woodruff School will host Professor Ann Karagozian from UCLA's Samueli College of Engineering, whose talk is titled "Problems Looking for Solutions or Solutions Looking for Problems? Adventures in Research for Propulsion and Energy." Karagozian's research interests lie in fluid mechanics and combustion as applied to improved energy efficiency, reduced emissions, and advanced air breathing and rocket propulsion systems. Professor Karagozian is a current member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, having served previously as SAB Vice Chair (2005-2009) and twice receiving the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. She is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Physical Society (APS), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She received her B.S. in Engineering from UCLA and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and is an alumna of and mentor for the IDA Defense Science Study Group.  Prof. Karagozian was also recently named the Inaugural Director of the UCLA Promise Armenian Institute. 

Distinguished Professor Ann Karagozian
Title: "Problems Looking for Solutions or Solutions Looking for Problems? Adventures in Research for Propulsion and Energy"
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 12 pm, followed by Q&A
Location: http://bit.ly/Trailblazer-Karagozian (WebEx)

Please join us on February 17 and March 24 as we welcome Lt. Gen. (Ret) Bostick and Prof. Kargozian to the Woodruff School for what promises to be a pair of very interesting lectures from leaders in service and the field of mechanical engineering. These lectures will give attendees an opportunity to learn, inspire, and be inspired.

Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture Series

The Gegenheimer Lecture Series on Innovation was established in 1995 through an endowment from Mr. Harold W. Gegenheimer (Class of 1933) to support student programs that encourage creativity, innovation, and design. Through the lecture series and support of capstone design projects, students are exposed to processes that stimulate creativity and lead to inventions and patents. In 2019 The Gegenheimer Lecture Series was rebranded as the Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture Series, bringing in speakers who have exemplify leadership and innovation in their fields.