ICTAS: Hugh and Ethel Kelly Lecture Series

Hugh and Ethel Kelly Lecture Series

With a generous fund from the Kelly Gift to the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) and the College of Engineering, an eminent speaker series named the Hugh and Ethel Kelly Lecture Series was established in 2013 to honor the many technical accomplishments of Mr. Hugh Kelly and the deep love that he and his wife Ethel had for Virginia Tech. The inaugural lecture, “How to Create a Bell Labs 2.0 in Today’s Realities” presented by Nobel Laureate Dr. Steven Chu in 2013 was attended by over one thousand members of the Virginia Tech community and generated stimulating dialogues and a useful exchange of ideas.

At its core, the lecture series seeks to invite eminent and creative individuals to the campus to provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and the surrounding community to meet and learn from these visionaries. Beyond the immediate benefit of seminal presentations to our faculty, students, and staff, ICTAS will also work to capitalize upon the ideas generated in the lecture series. The Hugh and Ethel Kelly Lecture Series is expected to be not only an outstanding forum for new knowledge but also a catalyst for future research.

About the Kellys

Hugh Kelly, who died in 1989, earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1937 and a master’s degree in that subject a year later, worked at AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, and played important roles in groundbreaking projects, including the 1962 launch of the Telstar communications satellite, the first private venture in space. Ethel Kelly, who died in 2012, generously supported Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering as a way of honoring her husband’s legacy.


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