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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 26, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 32
Deputy Director of NSF to Give Whiting School's Wenk Lecture

Joseph Bordogna, deputy director of the National Science Foundation, will deliver the Carolyn and Edward Wenk Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy on Thursday, April 29, on the Homewood campus. Bordogna's talk, titled "The Dance of Science, Engineering, Technology and Public Policy," will begin at 4 p.m. in 110 Hodson Hall.

Bordogna previously served as head of the NSF's Directorate for Engineering. He also has been a line officer in the U.S. Navy, an engineer in industry and a professor. At the University of Pennsylvania, he served as the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Engineering, director of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering and dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

He has made engineering contributions in a variety of areas, including optical and radio communications, electro-optical recording materials, holographic video playback systems, educational innovation, space capsule recovery and management of technological innovation. He has served as president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

The Wenk Lecture is the result of a 1988 contribution to the Whiting School of Engineering by Edward Wenk Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Wenk. Their goal was to "contribute to the education of engineers through understanding the crucial influence of technology in our culture and the importance of public policy and politics in steering technology toward socially satisfactory outcomes."

Edward Wenk received a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins in 1940 and a doctorate in 1950, both in civil engineering. He was known as the "father of deep-diving submarine prototypes" and served as a leading federal science adviser.

Each year, a different WSE department hosts the Wenk lecture and chooses the speaker. This year's event will be presented by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A reception will take place after the lecture.
— Phil Sneiderman


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