The Spotts Lecture
The Spotts Lecture series was established in 1986 to bring distinguished speakers to ONU on an annual basis to inform students of the probable professional conditions and challenges that engineers and computer scientists will face in the future.
Dr. Merhyle F. Spotts, BSME '23, Hon. D. '81, sponsor of the lecture series, graduated from Ohio Northern's College of Engineering in 1923. After 10 years in heavy and light industry, he obtained a master's degree from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He taught at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. He wrote extensively for technical journals and was the author of four books, including Design of Machine Elements, now in its sixth edition and in worldwide use. He was the recipient of many awards and honors, among them an honorary doctor of engineering degree from ONU.
Past Spotts Lecture Series Speakers
|2016||John Nottingham, co-founder and co-president of Nottingham Spirk and Jason Ertel, BSME ’99, engineering program director at Nottingham Spirk|
|2015||Carey (Wurgler) Smith, BSEE ’85, President of Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. VIDEO|
|2014||Paolo Pirjanian, Ph.D., chief technology officer at iRobot. VIDEO|
|2013||Keng-Siang Lim, BSCE ’89, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of NextLabs. VIDEO|
|2012||Kevin E. Bennet, chairman of the Division of Engineering, assistant professor of neurologic surgery, and co-director of the Neural Engineering Laboratory, Mayo Clinic VIDEO|
|2011||Dr. Paul Polak, founder of the nonprofit International Development Enterprises|
|2010||Bob Peterson, BSME ’83, Academy Award-Winning writer and director for Pixar Animation Studios VIDEO|
|2009||Dr. Steven W. Squyres, Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University|
|2008||Dr. Joseph Hager, director for Technology Transfer Programs at the Edison Materials Technology Center|
|2007||George A. Manos, general manager, Human Resources of United States Steel Corporation|
|2006||Janis Mitchell, founder of Precise Resource Inc.|
|2005||Dr. Sherra E. Kerns, president of American Society for Engineering Education, vice president for innovation and research, F.W. Olin Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College of Engineering|
|2004||James R. Eifert, president of Rose-Hulman Ventures|
|2003||Gary Rutherford, president of Classic Roadsters and Sugar Sand Jet Boats and Tom Kenville, Mid-America Aviation Inc. and president of DT and J Roll-A-Ramp|
|2002||Brenda L. Reichelderfer, president of ITT Industries|
|2001||Capt. Jon A. McBride, engineer, astronaut, president and chief executive officer of Flying Eagle Corporation Inc.|
|2000||Robert Dobo, entrepreneur and retired former owner of Cape Fear Utilities Inc.|
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