The Minner Lecture


Events and Programs

College of Engineering
312 McLaughlin Hall # 1704
Berkeley, CA 94720-1704

With knowledge comes responsibility. Engineers solve global problems with invention and design, but they must also understand the full social and environmental impact of their work. At Berkeley Engineering, our curriculum is based on the core belief that ethics are an essential component of engineering education. This annual lecture is supported by the Minner Endowment, a generous gift from Berkeley Engineering alumnus Warren Minner (B.S. ’51 CE) and his wife, Marjorie.

Previous speakers:

Barbara Simons (Ph.D.’81 EECS), Board Chair, Verified Voting
Can We Recover From an Attack on Our Elections?
September 18, 2019

Tim Guertin (B.S.’72 EECS), Vice Chairman, Varian Medical Systems
Engineering Ethics in Action: Experiences from the Medical Device Industry
February 8, 2019

Dr. Ann Lee-Karlon, Senior Vice President, portfolio management and operations at Genentech
Biotech & Social Responsibility
April 26, 2018

Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story
November 9, 2016
Author John Bloom and panelists  Dan Colussy, Ray Leopold and Dorothy Robyn discuss Iridium — the world’s most complex satellite system — and its transformation from commercial blunder to life-saving network bringing phone service to war zones, disaster areas and other remote settings around the globe. 

Elizabeth Hausler Strand, (M.S.’98, PhD ’02 CEE) , Founder & CEO, Build Change
Disaster-Resilient Building and Economic Development in Emerging Nations
October 8, 2015

Wayne Clough (Ph.D.’69 CEE), Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
From the Eocene to the Anthropocene: An Engineer’s View of Climate Change
October 9, 2014

Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc.
We are all Makers
April 10, 2014

Leah H. Jamieson, dean of engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, Purdue University
Engineering and Social Responsibility: A View from the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) Program
April 22, 2013