The Woodruff School has three annual lectures series that give our community the opportunity to hear from distinguished speakers from academia, industry, government, and beyond.
Gegenheimer Trailblazer Lecture
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.
George W. Woodruff Distinguished Lecture
The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Annual Distinguished Lecture was established in 1990 to honor an engineer who has made a significant contribution to society and to provide a forum for that person to interact with the Georgia Tech community.George W. Woodruff
Support for the lecture is made possible by the generosity of the late George W. Woodruff, an alumnus and influential Atlanta businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist.
Women in Engineering Leadership Lecture
The Women in Engineering Leadership Lecture Series was established in 2022 by Devesh Ranjan, Eugene C. Gwaltney, Jr. School Chair, and the Women of Woodruff (WoW), to give members of the Georgia Tech community the opportunity to network with talented female scholars and innovators in the field of engineering. WoW is an organization committed to ensuring Woodruff School women students and faculty have the tools they need to thrive. Each academic year, the Woodruff School hosts talks featuring notable women engineers who are creating a better future for our community — locally, nationally, and globally.
Zeigler Outstanding Educator Lecture
The Jack M. Zeigler (BME 1948) Woodruff Outstanding Educator Award was created in 1999 to recognize an outstanding educator among the academic faculty of the Woodruff School of ME at Georgia Tech. This is a lifetime achievement award that a person can receive one time. The winner is announced at an annual spring School event and receives $5,000 in discretionary funds to use for professional development items such as travel, computers, and support of students. The winner is invited to deliver the Jack Zeigler Outstanding Educator Lecture at an assembly of the Woodruff School. The winner is selected by a committee appointed by the Woodruff School Faculty Advisory Committee.