Distinguished Speaker: Arden Bement, Monday 11/3/2014

Dr. Arden L. Bement Jr. 

Distinguished Speaker: Arden Bement, Monday 11/3/2014

The dramatic and terrifying events that occurred during the first decade of the 21st Century drew in the scientific and engineering resources of the nation in many ways. For example, NIST responded by conducting an exhaustive study of the World Trade Center building collapses and produced standards for biometric identification, mail irradiations to detoxify anthrax, nuclear material detectors at U.S. borders, and protective measures against cyber attacks. NSF responded by supporting research interrupted by Hurricane Katrina and modeling the several violent natural disasters that occurred during the decade.

The decade saw the completion of the human genome; the building of the Atacama radio telescope array to seek the far reaches of the universe; the availability of university-operated petaflop-scale computers; and cloud computing to support the era of “big data” research, to name just a few. Finally, innovation, entrepreneurship, disruptive technology, and the resurgence of advanced manufacturing technology began receiving top billing for government support throughout the world.  Please join us as the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series presents:

Dr. Arden L. Bement Jr.  “Science and Engineering on a Fast Track: A Reprise of the First Decade of the 21st Century at NIST and NSF”

Monday, November 3, 2014  |   3:30 PM
McArthur Engineering Annex, Room MEA202, 1251 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Light Refreshments will be provided.




Dr. Arden L. Bement Jr. came to Purdue in 1992 after 39 years in industry, government, academia, including:

  • VP of Technical Resources, Science, Technology for TRW Automotive (1980-92);
  • Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Research, Engineering, Department of Defense (1979-80);
  • Director, Materials Science,  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (1976-79);
  • Professor of Nuclear Materials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1970-76);
  • Manager, Fuels/Materials Dept; Metallurgy Research Dept, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (1965-70);
  • Senior Research Associate, General Electric (GE) (1954-65).

He is currently serving on the:

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Department of Physics, Department of Computer Science, and the Institute for Data Science and Computing.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Faz at 305-284-3291 or v.faz@miami.edu.