This Year's Distinguished Alumni Speaker Program (D.A.S.P)

UO Graduate School alums are doing amazing work! To showcase some of their accomplishments, three distinguished alumni of the Graduate School will come back to Eugene to speak about their work and lives since graduating. These talks – planned in concert with the departments from which the alums graduated – will be open to the campus community and beyond.

Please join us in welcoming these distinguished Ducks as they come back to the roost - and listen to their tales of adventure and accomplishment! 


Recent Speakers


Angel Gambino, J.D.

Monday, October 1, 4:30-6:30 PM, Knight Law Center

Angel is a WIRED Top 100 executive who has built companies on three continents.  She's also an urban regeneration pioneer, a visionary investor, and a passionate environmental lawyer.  The technology phase of her career has included co-founding investment partnership Prehype Partners, holding senior roles at the BBC and MTV Networks, and leading the pioneering UK social network Bebo.


Vicki Hanson, Ph.D.

Topic, A Cognitive Psychologist in Computing
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 2:30-4:00 pm, Redwood, EMU.


Vicki Hanson, who received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Oregon, has been working in computing for nearly her entire professional career. After leading investigations in sign language and reading development she joined IBM Research where she created technology in support of education and people with disabilities.

In 2009, she was hired as a professor of computing at the University of Dundee in Scotland, followed by a move to the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013 as a Distinguished Professor.

Since the early 1990's, she served in various volunteer leadership roles in the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), which is computing's oldest and largest society world-wide. The culmination of this volunteering was her election as ACM President for a 2-year term 2016-2018. At the end of this term, she accepted the position as ACM's CEO.

Vicki has received numerous honors for her research and societal contributions. Chief among these are Honorary Doctor of Science degree, School of Computing, Newcastle University, UK (2017);  election as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2013), the British Computer Society (2009), and the ACM (2004); recipient of the Anita Borg Institute, Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact Award (2013); an IBM Corporate Award (2009); and the Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellows Award, University of Oregon (1995).


Brad Wilkins, Ph.D.

Date and Location TBD

Dr. Brad Wilkins has spent most of his professional life testing the limits of human performance. An accomplished scientist at Nike, Wilkins established and led the Nike+ Sport Performance Laboratory, using data platforms to better understand and improve human health. Brad has always explored the bleeding edge of sport product research and recently directed Nike’s Breaking2 project, an attempt to surpass the previously untouchable two-hour marathon limit.

Dr. Wilkins now devotes his time to W124°, a consultancy he founded with the mission of integrating insights gleaned from scientific research with product innovations and strategies that push the boundaries of what we can achieve as humans.  As a graduate alum of the Department of Human Physiology, Brad is excited to share his experiences with the UO community.


To watch all of our previous DASP presentations, and hear from the speakers, click here.




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