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Leadership in Technology: David Goeckeler of Western Digital
The Leadership in Technology: Distinguished Lecture Series invites you to hear from industry leaders and find inspiration in their journeys as you embark upon your own path to challenge the present and enrich the future through the innovative use of technology.

The explosive growth of connected devices is fueling an ever-increasing demand for access to data -- and driving a massive wave of new opportunities. Join David Goeckeler, chief executive officer at Western Digital; Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at U-M; and Michael Wellman, professor and division chair of Computer Science & Engineering at U-M for a discussion on innovation, leadership, and opportunity in today’s technology landscape.

Students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to submit questions in advance or live during the session.

Apr 19, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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David Goeckeler
Chief Executive Officer @Western Digital
Prior to joining Western Digital, Goeckeler was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Networking and Security Business, a $34 billion global technology franchise. A 19-year Cisco veteran, he led a team of more than 25,000 engineers and oversaw Cisco’s networking and security strategy and market acceleration, including development operations for the company's expansive technology portfolio and strategic acquisitions. Previously, Goeckeler oversaw Cisco’s Security Business and was instrumental in defining Cisco’s threat-centric security strategy. Goeckeler holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in business administration from both Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Michael Wellman
Professor and Division Chair of Computer Science & Engineering @University of Michigan
Wellman received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 for his work in qualitative probabilistic reasoning and decision-theoretic planning. From 1988 to 1992, he conducted research in these areas at the USAF's Wright Laboratory. For the past 15+ years, his research has focused on computational market mechanisms for distributed decision making and electronic commerce. As Chief Market Technologist for TradingDynamics, Inc. (now part of Ariba), he designed configurable auction technology for dynamic business-to-business commerce. Wellman previously served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom), and as Executive Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Ravi Pendse
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer @University of Michigan
Pendse serves as an executive officer of the university and provides university-wide leadership and strategic direction for information technology. He has extensive experience as a successful and collaborative university leader, most recently as Brown University’s vice president for computing and information services and chief information officer. He has also been a professor, researcher, teacher and advisor to students. His successes include securing more than $21 million in external research grants, developing university courses, earning several teaching awards, and publishing numerous scholarly articles and papers co-authored by students. Pendse holds a B.S. in electronics and communication engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Wichita State University.