Of Serendipity, Steel and (Not Only Mechanical) Engineering

  • Indira Samarasekera, Metals and Materials Engineering; 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta (2005-2015)
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Thursday, September 20, 5-6:30 pm, with reception to follow
    in the series
    Senior Scholars' Series: The Passions That Drive Academic Life
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  • Indira Samarasekera’s journey from the Island of Serendip, now known as Sri Lanka, to an exciting career of discovery and application in steel processing, was marked by moments of genuine serendipity. One of a dozen female engineers from the University of Ceylon in 1974, she spent two years doing materials research at the University of California. Following a Masters degree, she came to UBC and stumbled into an opportunity to do mathematical modelling of steel processing at a time when large-scale computing was just becoming a reality. Her research had a significant impact on the steel industry worldwide and was accompanied by fascinating experiences of working in a nearly all-male environment. Then, what she thought would be a brief detour into university administration, as Vice-President Research at UBC, turned into a second career…

    https://liu.arts.ubc.ca/profile/indira-samarasekera/
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  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

 

September 20th, 2018 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Coach House
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Canada
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