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Daniel Mote to Speak at Embry-Riddle on "Innovation: Risks are Necessary"

Daytona Beach, FL, March 25, 2013

Daniel Mote to Speak on Discovery Day


Daniel Mote, former president of the University of Maryland, will visit Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Wednesday, April 3, to speak on “Innovation: Risks Are Necessary.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Gale Lemerand Auditorium in the Willie Miller Instructional Center. The university is located at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Daytona Beach.

Dr. Mote’s talk, a joint presentation by the College of Engineering with the Honors Program and President’s Speaker Series at the campus, is part of Embry-Riddle’s Discovery Day highlighting student research at the university. Following the talk, an interview with Mote and questions from the audience will be taken by Marc Bernier, special assistant to the president.

“Innovation occupies our attention because the solution of almost every significant problem today depends on it,” Mote said. “We will discuss two points: identifying or creating a culture of innovation in a connected world that is experiencing accelerating changes, and the cultural barrier to great innovation that is created by its risks.”

Mote is Regents professor and Glenn L. Martin Institute professor of engineering at University of Maryland, where his research focuses on dynamic and gyroscopic systems and biomechanics. He serves as an officer of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), on the National Research Council (NRC) Governing Board Executive Committee and on NRC committees concerned with issues of innovation, national security and national competitiveness in engineering and science.

He previously was an engineering professor and vice chancellor at University of California, Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Acoustical Society of America, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He received the Founders Award of the NAE, the ASME Medal, three honorary doctorates and two honorary professorships.

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