Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 6, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 6, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 29
Software Leader Paul Maritz to Give Blumenthal Lecture

By Phil Sneiderman

Paul Maritz, president and CEO of VMware, one of the nation's fastest-growing software companies, will be the honored guest and speaker on Tuesday, April 7, at a technology management lecture and award program established by a Johns Hopkins graduate and his wife.

This year's Sydney and Mitzi Blumenthal Lecture and Award for Contributions to Management in Technology program will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Room B17 of the Computational Science and Engineering Building on the Homewood campus.

Maritz is a former Microsoft vice president and a leader in business technology. His lecture is titled "The Importance of Platforms: What Software, the Internet, Information and Microfinance Have in Common."

Nick Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, will welcome the audience and later present the Blumenthal Award to Maritz. Mitzi Blumenthal is scheduled to present opening remarks, and then Scott Smith, chair of the Department of Computer Science, will introduce Maritz. The program will be followed by a reception, providing refreshments and an opportunity to meet the speaker.

The event is named for Sydney Blumenthal, who earned an electrical engineering degree at Johns Hopkins in 1937 and went on to become chairman of the Blumenthal-Khan Electrical Limited Partnerships, a contracting company based in Owings Mills, Md.

In 1993, he and his wife, Mitzi, endowed the award and lecture to enrich the educational experience at Johns Hopkins. The lecture allows students to hear distinguished speakers talk about subjects such as business management, entrepreneurship, law and ethics and how these topics apply to engineering and technology.

Blumenthal died in 1999, and his widow has continued to support the program, which has brought prominent speakers from business and government to the Homewood campus.

Tuesday's event is open to the campus community and alumni. To assist with planning, however, those who expect to attend are asked to place a reservation by calling 410-516-8723 or sending e-mail to


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