Tuesday Nov. 1, 2016
11:00am - 2:00PM

Houston Country Club Ballroom
1 Potomac Drive
Houston, Texas 77057


President Gregory L. Fenves

Opening Remarks

The University of Texas at Austin

Beth Robertson, B.A. ’68

Master of Ceremonies


Art Markman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology; Founding Director, Human Dimensions of Organizations, College of Liberal Arts

Bob Metcalfe, Ph.D.

Professor and Director,
Innovation Center, Cockrell School of Engineering

Luis Martins, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Management; Director, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal, McCombs School of Business


William Inboden, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Clements Center for National Security

Trey Curran

Trey Curran

Undergraduate Fellow, Clements Center for National Security


Karl Gebhardt

Karl Gebhardt, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences

Sean Gulick, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences

Linda Hicke, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Natural Sciences

Featured Topics

Panel - UT on the Cutting Edge: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Art Markman
Bob Metcalfe

Moderated by Luis Martins

Today, everybody is talking about entrepreneurship and innovation. But what do those words really mean and how do you create a culture that actually leads to those outcomes? Psychology professor Art Markman and Bob Metcalfe, internet pioneer and director of UT’s Innovation Center, come together to discuss what it really means to be “cutting-edge.” Luis Martins, director of UT’s Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Renewal, moderates.

Presentation - The National Security Council and the Paradox of Presidential Power

William Inboden
Trey Curran

Panel - UT Exploring the Edges of the Universe

Karl Gebhardt
Sean Gulick

Moderated by Linda Hicke

Karl Gebhardt studies the outer reaches of space with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment at the McDonald Observatory and soon, the Giant Magellan Telescope, the world’s most powerful land-based telescope. Sean Gulick studies something that came from space, namely the Chixculub asteroid thought to have killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Together the work of Gulick, of UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences, and Gebhardt, of UT’s College of Natural Sciences, show how today’s scientists are pushing the edges of knowledge in all directions. Linda Hicke, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, moderates.