2017 Business Advisory Council Spring Meeting

Wednesday, May 3: Industry Technical Workshop & Patterson Lecture

Industry Technical Workshop

Location: James Allen Center | 2169 Campus Drive, Evanston | McCormick Foundation Auditorium - Room 164



1:00 – 4:00 PM

Industry Technical Workshop:
Bridging the Future: Innovation in Large-Scale Infrastructure Development

5:00 PM

Reception and Cocktails

6:00 PM

Dinner (Atrium Dining Room)

7:30 PM

36th Annual William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture:
Connecting People, Creating A Better Future—Why International Trade Benefits America

  • Lance Fritz, Chairman, President & CEO, Union Pacific

Thursday, May 4: BAC Meeting & Optional Tour

Morning Festivities

Location: Ford Design Center | 2133 Sheridan Rd, Evanston | 2nd Floor - ITW Room



7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast & Reception

8:00 AM

Call to Order & Opening Comments

  • BAC Chair Jeff Silver presiding

8:05 AM

Welcome from the University

  • Richard M. Lueptow, Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Research, McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science

8:15 AM

Director's Report

8:40 AM

BAC Membership: New Member Introductions

8:45 AM

Session - The Great Recession, Macroeconomic Earthquakes, and the Current State of Domestic and International Trade

Featured Speaker:

  • Lawrence Christiano, Alfred W. Chase Professor; Chair, Department of Economics, Northwestern University (presentation)

Panel Discussion on Trade:

  • Moderator: Justin Zubrod, Managing Director, Zubrod and Company (presentation)

  • Richard Craig, President & CEO, MOL (America) Inc. (presentation)

  • John Larkin, Managing Director and Head of Transportation Capital Markets Research, Stifel Financial Corp. (presentation)
  • Phil Levy, Adjunct Professor of Strategy, Kellogg Graduate School; Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (presentation)

10:10 AM

Infrastructure & Inclusive Growth: Overcoming Discordant Development

  • Professor Richard Joseph, John Evans Professor of International History and Politics; Faculty Affiliate, Buffett Center of International and Comparative Studies; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution (presentation)

10:25 AM


10:55 AM

Panel Session:
Blockchain Technology: What is It and Why Do You Need to Know?

  • Moderator: Keith Dierkx, Global Industry Leader, Rail & Director, IBM Global Rail Innovation Center, IBM Corporation

  • Moran Cerf, Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

  • Sebastian de Meel, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory, LLC

  • Srinivasan Sriram, Founder & CEO, Skuchain

  • (All presentations)

11:55 AM

IFM - Intelligent Flying Machines for Automated Indoor Data Capture

12:10 PM

NUTC Fundraising Campaign Update - Paul Schneider,

12:20 PM

Closing Comments & Meeting Adjournment

12:25 PM

Introduction of the Transportation Students

12:30 PM

Optional - Informal walking tour of Ford Design Center

Afternoon Festivities

Location: Technological Institute | 2145 Sheridan Rd, Evanston | 4th Floor - Cohen Commons

1:00 PM

Buffet Luncheon with Transportation Students