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Korybalski Lecture Brings C.D. Mote, Jr. to Campus


Left to right: Kon-Well Wang, CD Mote Jr, Michael KorybalskiC.D. Mote, Jr., President of the National Academy of Engineering, delivered the 10th annual University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering 150th Anniversary Michael Korybalski Distinguished Lecture on May 18, 2018. Mote’s talk, which was titled “The Grand Challenges Scholars Program: Preparing Students for Global Engineering,” focused on the Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Mote is the president of the National Academy of Engineering and Regent’s Professor on leave from the University of Maryland, College Park. He held an endowed chair in mechanical systems at Berkeley, chaired the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1987 to 1991 and served as vice chancellor from 1991 to 1998. In 1998, Mote was named president of the University of Maryland, College Park, a position he held for 12 years when he was appointed Regents’ Professor. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the campus #36 in 2010 and its Engineering School #13.

As president of the NAE, Mote’s goal is to ensure highly competitive talent for the 21st-century engineering workforce, to facilitate public understanding of engineering by demonstrating how engineering creates a better quality of life and serves society and to engage the academy in global engineering issues in support of national interests.

Mote’s lecture was a part of the annual lectureship endowed by Michael Korybalski, chair of the ME External Advisory Board and former chief executive officer of Mechanical Dynamics. The lectureship was created as a means to bring high-profile, inspiring speakers to the U-M community to help promote the impact of engineers on large societal problems, including energy and environment, health and quality of life, national securing and disaster prevention.