Video Lectures

Each semester we host world-class speakers from industry, academia and the non-profit sector as part of our lecture series. Here are some videos from previous semesters.

Rachel Dzombak is an engineer and social innovator who uses design and systems thinking to take on challenges such as transforming higher education in the US, establishing preventative medicine in rural Kenya, and creating sustainable product recovery systems in India. She presented the lecture Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It!): Social Entrepreneurship and Responsible Engineering.

Paul Polak is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.7 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.

In the Spring of 2017, we hosted a panel on cultural heritage as a missing feature of CSR, featuring speakers:

  • Ernest House, Jr. – Executive Director, Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs; Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Member
  • Chris Deschene –Director, U.S. Deptof Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs
  • Dr. Holly K. Norton –State Archaeologist & Dep. State Historic Preservation Officer, History Colorado
  • Jim Yates –President & CFO, Sterling Ranch Development Company

Lauren Cooper, former HE Coordinator, gave a TEDx talk on Human-Centered Design for Emotional Accessibility.

Beth Rieken of Stanford University inspires Mines students to consider how mindfulness enhances innovation in engineering design.