Lecture Previews

Eric L. Butler

Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

Mellon Auditorium

Eric L. Butler, the executive vice president of marketing and sales at Union Pacific, will speak as part of the W.L. Mellon Speaker series. Butler has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in information assurance, both from Carnegie Mellon. He has been with Union Pacific since 1986, and in that time has held a number of managerial and executive positions.

James Jordan

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison 103)

Healthcare and biotechnology management professor James Jordan will deliver a talk titled “Innovation, Commercialization, and the Successful Startup.” The seminar will discuss the kinds of commercialization necessary for a startup company to succeed. Jordan is the vice president, chief information officer, and managing director of the accelerator fund for Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, a nonprofit organization that provides support and resources to local life sciences startups.

Tom Ridge

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Kresge Theater

Former Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge will deliver a lecture titled “Political Leadership in the Presidential Election Season.” The talk, which is sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and the pre-law program, will focus on the current political landscape of the U.S. and the primary issues at play in this year’s presidential election. Ridge is currently the president and CEO of Ridge Global, an international security and risk management firm. Previously, he served two terms as the governor of Pennsylvania before becoming the first secretary of Homeland Defense.

Andrew Lo

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter 100)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology finance professor Andrew Lo will deliver a lecture titled “Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer?” as part of the Nash Lecture Series.

Lo will describe the role that financial innovation played in the economic crisis of recent years, and will explain how an understanding of human nature and incentives could allow financial engineers to utilize the power of global financial markets in order to cure cancer.

Lo is the director of MIT’s Laboratory for Financial Engineering and a principal investigator at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.