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2020 Nelson W. Spencer Lecture: Prof. Donald C. Winter

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The Climate & Space 2020 Nelson W. Spencer Lecturer will be Prof. Donald C. Winter of U-M Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Title: "Ruminations on a career in industry, government and academia"

Abstract: "I will start off my Spencer lecture with a recap of my career, adding to the normal biographical notes my rationale for the more significant job changes that I took on. Following that, I will highlight some of the particularly valuable lessons learned, putting them into the appropriate programmatic and political context. This personal, intellectual history will include consideration of experiences gleaned from international engagements as well as my US based activities. Lastly, I will attempt to integrate all of these experiences and provide some general recommendations for both students and faculty present."

Donald C. Winter is an Independent Consultant and a Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan. At the University of Michigan, he teaches graduate level courses on Systems Engineering, Space Systems, and Maritime Policy. He consults in the US and overseas on defense and civil matters and serves on multiple corporate, civic and academic boards. He is chairman of the Australian Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board and is the DoD’s Senior Defense Industry Adviser to Ukraine.

He served as the 74th Secretary of the Navy from January 2006 to March 2009. As Secretary of the Navy, he led America’s Navy and Marine Corps Team and was responsible for an annual budget in excess of $125 billion and almost 900,000 people. Previously, Dr. Winter held multiple positions in the aerospace and defense industry as a systems engineer, program manager and corporate executive.

From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Winter served as chair of the National Academy of Engineering Committee charged with investigating the causes of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout for the Secretary of the Interior.

Dr. Winter received a doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California Management Policy Institute, the UCLA Executive Program, and the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. In 2002, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2009, he received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

About the Nelson W. Spencer Lecture:
Nelson W. Spencer became the director of the U-M Space Physics Research Laboratory in 1948 and remained its guiding force until 1960. During his tenure, SPRL established itself as a prominent leader in the exploration of the Earth's upper atmosphere. Dr. Spencer believed in the importance of including science goals in all space flight missions, and was a pioneer in America’s space science program. Each year, a special guest speaker is invited to the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department to present a lecture in Dr. Spencer's honor.
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