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Lincoln Wallen

January 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Ann and Jack Graves Charitable Foundation

LINCOLN WALLEN serves as the chief technology officer for DreamWorks Animation, where he is responsible for providing strategic technology vision and leadership. Under his leadership, DreamWorks Animation was named to MIT Technology Review's "50 Most Innovative Companies" list. Before joining the entertainment industry, Wallen was a professor at Oxford University and the first director for the multidisciplinary Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and Systems Engineering.
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Hugh Herr

April 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Presented by Ericsson

HUGH HERR is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs and offer new hope to people with physical disabilities. In 2011, Time magazine called him the "Leader of the Bionic Age" because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics, a technology that marries human physiology with electro¬mechanics. A double amputee himself, Herr is head of the biomechatronics research group and an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab.
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John Maeda

March 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Presented by State Farm

JOHN MAEDA has worked for more than a decade to integrate technology, education and the arts into a 21st-century synthesis of creativity and innovation. Called the "Steve Jobs of academia" by Forbes, he believes art and design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century as science and technology did in the last century. He is a former president of the Rhode Island School of Design as well as an artist, designer and computer scientist whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology.
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Tony & Jonna Mendez

April 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Ann and Jack Graves Charitable Foundation

TONY & JONNA MENDEZ are former CIA officers whose lives have been featured in books, television documentaries and the Oscar-winning film Argo. Tony Mendez engineered the 1980 rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran in a daring operation that inspired the movie. Jonna Mendez worked in the agency as a technical operations officer with a specialty in clandestine photography. Her duties included training the CIA's most highly placed foreign assets to use spy cameras and process the intelligence they gathered.
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