The Woodruff School's Annual Distinguished Lecture

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The Invention-to-Innovation Lifecycle

Amy Alving, PhD - Chief Technology Officer & Sr. Vice President, Science Applications International Corp (SAIC)

Technologists make the world a better, safer place through the invention-to-innovation lifecycle. Drawing on her wide-ranging experience across academia, government and industry, Dr. Amy Alving will discuss the different skillsets the lifecycle requires and the opportunities it offers for achievement: from exploring the frontiers of knowledge through university research; to creating a vision for addressing pressing problems in national security; to developing innovative solutions that are both practical and affordable. She will conclude by discussing several of the most important unsolved challenges we face in the Information Age.

Amy Alving, Ph.D., is the chief technology officer and senior vice president at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). She leads SAIC's Office of Technology, which is responsible for the creation, communication, and implementation of SAIC's technical and scientific vision and strategy. Prior to joining SAIC, Alving served as the director of the Special Projects Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where she was a member of the Senior Executive Service. Alving was a White House Fellow (1997-98) serving at the Department of Commerce. Prior to that, she was an associate professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Minnesota. Alving graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL). She is also a member of the Georgia Institute of Technology Advisory Board and has been a member or advisor to the Naval Research Advisory Committee, Army Science Board, Defense Science Board, and National Academies studies. 


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