IAC Spring Technical Symposium


University of Dayton’s ECE Department, in collaboration with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) along with the IAC (Industrial Advisory Committee), will be hosting the IAC Spring Tech Symposium on March 9th. This event is meant to cater specifically towards prospective students, first and second year electrical and computer engineers, undecided engineers, along with all other current students. The goal of this event is to provide professional awareness to these students, through an introduction to research opportunities, presentations on various work experiences (co-op and full-time positions), along with a non-technical keynote presentation.

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  • 300 College Park
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • United States 45469
  • Building: Kettering Labs
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Dr. Guru Madhavan


Developing the Holistic Engineer

Twenty-first century engineering demands skills beyond traditional problem solving and design improvements. It requires engineers to embrace innovative and holistic thinking in terms of complex adaptive systems. While presenting the foundational aspects of complex systems, this talk will integrate the philosophy of “Unity of Knowledge” to highlight broader responsibilities of engineering students and professionals in inculcating lifelong learning and concerted cross-disciplinary thinking of sciences, arts, politics, law, business, economics, and socio-cultural aspects. A balanced professional score card technique will be incorporated to synthesize a mental framework of a holistic engineer.


Guru Madhavan is a biomedical engineer and senior policy adviser. He is a senior program officer and director of studies in health and medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. His portfolio of work has included directing the analyses for making prescription medicines affordable in the U.S., leading a global health program on infectious diseases, and conducting the research and development of SMART Vaccines—a systems analysis tool to help prioritize new vaccine development. Madhavan received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York. He has worked in the medical device industry as a research scientist developing cardiac surgical catheters for ablation therapy and has been a strategic consultant for technology startup firms and nonprofit organizations. Madhavan has served as a vice-president of IEEE-USA and a founding member of the Global Young Academy. Among numerous honors, he has been named as one of the “New Faces of Engineering” in USA Today and as a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum. Madhavan has received the Innovator Award and the Cecil Medal from the presidents of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Madhavan has co-edited several books including “Pathological Altruism” (Oxford University Press), and “Practicing Sustainability” (Springer), and published numerous scientific policy reports. He is author of "Applied Minds: How Engineers Think" (W.W. Norton, 2015) that has been translated into many languages.