Is climate change an engineering problem? Clough to speak at Rice U. March 21


David Ruth

Is climate change an engineering problem? Clough to speak at Rice U. March 21

HOUSTON — (March 15, 2018) — Is climate change a science problem or an engineering problem? That is the question Wayne Clough will address when he visits Rice University as the guest speaker of the School of Engineering Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at 4 p.m. CDT March 21. The event is free and open to the public.

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Clough, who is president emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and former secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, is expected to discuss how engineers need to take a leadership role in tackling climate change. But Clough realizes that the problem cannot be solved only by engineers and scientists; experts in the humanities and social sciences also will be critical in solving the challenges of climate change. He will also discuss how research being done at universities is essential to addressing climate change.

Who:  Wayne Clough, president emeritus of Georgia Tech and former secretary of the Smithsonian.

What: School of Engineering Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: “Is Climate Change a Science Problem or an Engineering Problem?”

When: 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday, March 21.

Where: McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St.

Clough served as the 10th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1994 to 2008 and as the 12th secretary of the Smithsonian from 2008 to 2014. A native of Georgia, he earned his Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees from Georgia Tech and a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

He has taught at Duke, Stanford and Virginia Tech, where he served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and dean of the College of Engineering. Clough was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1990 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

Clough, who lives in Georgia, is active as a lecturer and author. He teaches part-time at Georgia Tech with a focus on leadership and climate change and helps to create access to a university education for students from low-income families.

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David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.