ICTAS: Hugh and Ethel Kelly Lecture Series

Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution, Wayne Clough

Keynote Address: October 2nd 2015, Haymarket Theatre
Title: Climate Change: Engineering reality into the debate

ICTAS welcomed G. Wayne Clough, Secretary Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution and President Emeritus of Georgia Tech, to campus in October as the Fall 2015 Hugh and Ethel Kelly lecturer. 

The lecture reviewed data on global temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide, and drew on Clough’s own observations from his international travels and his experience with the Smithsonian’s vast collection of artifacts and specimens. 

Clough called on engineers, who work at the intersection of human society and the natural world, to actively pursue strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change—and to be frank in discussions with the public about the limits of adaptation.

 Clough served as the president of Georgia Tech from 1994 to 2008 and as the Secretary of the Smithsonian from 2008 to 2014. He has also taught at Duke, Stanford, and Virginia Tech, where he oddslot served as the chair of the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as the dean of the College of Engineering.

The Hugh and Ethel Kelly lecture series is a distinguished speaker series established in 2013 with funds from the Kelly Gift to the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the College of Engineering. 



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