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National Academy of Engineering president to speak at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 26, 2005) -- William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering and vice chair of the National Research Council, will give a Stocker Lecture on Oct. 31 from 3:10 to 4 p.m. in Walter Hall 135 on Ohio University's Athens campus. The Stocker Lecture series is sponsored by Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

William WulfAs an engineer and information technologist, Wulf helped create the technology that has enabled a new, "flat" playing field as discussed in Tom Friedman's book "The World is Flat." Friedman argues that youth are not being prepared to compete in a world that has enabled countries such as India and China to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing -- areas that have previously been dominated by the developed world.

Wulf's lecture will reflect on Friedman's topic and on the engineering community's opportunities and responsibilities.

Currently on leave from his position as university professor at the University of Virginia, Wulf has also served as assistant director of the National Science Foundation and was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He also founded a software company, Tartan Laboratories, Inc.

Wulf has written more than 100 papers and technical reports, written three books and holds two U.S. patents.

The Stocker Lecture Series is named for the late C. Paul Stocker, a 1926 Ohio University engineering graduate, and his wife, Beth.

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE), founded in 1964, is a private, independent non-profit institution, which aids the government in investigating, examining, experimenting and reporting about any subject related to science. The NAE also conducts independent studies to examine important topics in engineering and technology.

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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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