Special Lecture—“The Holocaust: A Survivor’s Story on Accountability, Responsibility and Authority”
After surviving the Holocaust as a young Hungarian Jew, Adam Heller was driven to pursue a life and career that would enable him to help make the world a better place—he became a scientist and an engineer.
Now a world-renown researcher and inventor, Heller and his colleagues have developed ground-breaking medical devices, including a painless glucose monitoring system and a bloodless continuous glucose monitoring system for diabetes management and one of the first lithium batteries used in implanted medical devices for pain or epilepsy management, and automatic external defibrillators. He has been granted more U.S. patents than any other faculty member at UT Austin— totaling 265, of which more than 100 were or are in use—and his work has benefitted millions of people worldwide.
Heller also received the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technical achievement awarded by the United States President, and was named UT Austin’s Inventor of the Year in 2011.
In this special lecture, Professor Heller will share his incredible life story, provide recommendations for the future , and inspire the next generation of engineers to utilize their career path for positive change.