Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


National Academy of Engineering president to speak Nov. 9 at ORNL

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 1, 1999 — Dr. William A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, will deliver the next Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distinguished Lecture at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 in ORNL's Wigner Auditorium.

Wulf's topic will be "Are We Inventing the Future or Fumbling It?" Wulf notes it is easier to invent the future than predict it. There are many alternative futures.

"Which one we experience depends more on technology, which raises profound social and policy questions," Wulf says. "The answers to those questions will shape the future that happens to us. Many of us have been so busy inventing the technology future that we have largely ignored the social/policy one at the nation's peril."

The National Academy of Engineering provides advice to government on issues of science and technology. Much of this advice is provided through the National Research Council of which Wulf serves as vice chair.

Wulf is currently on leave as a professor and AT&T chair in engineering and applied science at the University of Virginia. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Virginia.

Wulf is a fellow of three professional societies, has authored more than 80 papers and technical reports and three books. He holds one U.S. patent and has supervised more than 25 Ph.D's in computer science.

ORNL is a DOE multiprogram research facility and is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.