Atlanta, GA--October 25, 1996--Some of the most influential executive decision makers in the technology industry today, including Norman R. Augustine, vice chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, are meeting at the Georgia-Pacific Building auditorium in downtown Atlanta on Nov. 1 to discuss how today's technology will shape education and business practices in the 21st Century.
Augustine and his industry colleagues are meeting as part of Mercer University's second Engineering Forum titled "Technology and the New Millennium: Dynamic Transitions in Industry." The one-day program, which will begin with Augustine's keynote address at 9 a.m., will feature a series of speakers, each followed by a panel discussion and an audience question-and-answer session.
Following is a partial list of those who will be speaking and their topics:
- Norman Augustine will speak on the technological challenges facing U.S. business and education as brought about by the emerging economic powers of the Pacific Rim and Europe. He will present a "call to action" to help solve some of those issues.
- Joseph Bordogna, acting deputy director of the National Science Foundation, will discuss how new technology creates new competition and NSF's initiatives to meet those challenges.
- H. Allen Ecker, senior vice president/technical operations and chief technical officer with Scientific-Atlanta, will identify and discuss emerging information management technologies that are likely to make a significant impact on business and engineering practices in the 21st Century.
- Haren S. Gandhi, Ford Technical Fellow with Ford Motor Co.'s Scientific Research Laboratory, will talk about the ever-changing face of the automotive industry and how technology will shape that industry in the next century.
- Georgia Gov. Zell Miller will also be addressing the Forum participants.
Mercer's Engineering Forum is designed as an enrichment program for leaders and entrepreneurs in technical fields from throughout the nation to gather and exchange ideas. Forum organizers hope these discussions will provide participants with solutions to the pressing issues facing their specific industry today and help them strategize for the future. In addition, Mercer's School of Engineering is offering five professional development hours to Forum participants.
The Forum is sponsored by Mercer's School of Engineering, the National Engineering Advisory Board of Mercer, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers.
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