The inaugural Dr. Kris Nielsen Lecture featured Gary L. bane, Director, Ocean Systems (retired), Rockwell International. Gary focused his presentation on the connection between creativity and innovation, and shared his experience with a current project in the search for Amelia Earhart. The lecture was free to open to the public, with a reception that followed.
The Dr. Kris R. Nielsen Lecture Series in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is designed to honor the memory of Kris Nielsen and to publicly acknowledge the role of innovation in science and engineering and how it interacts with management to create entrepreneurial ventures that foster social benefits. The Nielsen Lecture Series was the result of the partnership between the Patricia Galloway and Kris Nielsen Foundation and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I4IE) at Central Washington University (CWU).