February 15, 2011

In partnership with LSU’s College of Engineering, the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs will host a community lecture featuring Gavriel Salvendy on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU. Salvendy will discuss the value of LSU’s research and economic impact on the regional, national and international stage. The lecture is free and open to the public.  

Touted as China’s new “guru of productivity” by the Wall Street Journal, Salvendy, will serve as a Reilly Center Public Policy Fellow Feb. 15-17. During his visit, he will meet with legislators, members of the academic community, business leaders, students and citizens on the value of LSU, its impact on the economy and what changes need to occur at the university and state level to achieve maximum research and economic impact to further increase LSU and Louisiana’s national and international reputation. Additionally, he will provide a written paper published by the Reilly Center.   

“This is a great opportunity for LSU to host a world renowned leader recognized internationally in science and engineering,” said Richard Koubek, dean of the LSU College of Enginering. “Dr. Salvendy’s visit to Baton Rouge and interaction with university and local officials will open discussions on how to maximize research and economic impact nationally and across the globe.”

Each year, the Reilly Center invites nationally recognized public policy experts to the university to discuss issues of importance to Louisiana. Each fellow meets with policy makers, members of the academic community, business leaders, students and citizens. In addition, they provide a written paper published by the Reilly Center. For more information, please contact Heather Herman at 225-578-7312.  

Salvendy is a professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University and chair professor and head of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His main research deals with the human aspects of design, operation and management of advanced engineering systems.  

Salvendy is the founding editor of the International Journal on Human-Computer Interaction and Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, and was the founding chair of the International Commission on Human Aspects in Computing, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1990 he became the first member of either the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society or the International Ergonomics Association to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was elected “for fundamental contributions to and professional leadership in human, physical, and cognitive aspects of engineering systems.” In 1995, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Chinese Academy of Science, “for great contributions to the development of science and technology and for the great influence upon the development of science and technology in China.”

He is the fourth person in all fields of science and engineering in the 45 years of the academy ever to receive this award. In 2006, he received the Friendship Award presented by the People’s Republic of China. The award is the highest honor the Chinese government confers on foreign experts. In 2007, he received the John Fritz Medal, which is the engineering profession’s highest award for his fundamental international and seminal leadership and technical contributions to human engineering and industrial engineering education, theory and practice. He has advised organizations in 30 countries on the human side of effective design, implementation and management of advanced technologies in the workplace.

Article by Billy Gomila, LSU Media Relations, bgomila@lsu.edu, 225-578-3867

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