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The Bangs Memorial Lectureship was established in 1990, and honors John R. Bangs, Jr., ME ’21, a Cornell faculty member and an early leader in the development of the field of administrative engineering—Bangs pioneered the program that led to today’s Operations Research and Information Engineering. Bangs lecturers visit Cornell to deliver a formal talk, and also meet informally with students and faculty members. The lectureship is funded largely by gifts from former students of Bangs.

The first Bangs lecturer was James F. Lardner, BME ’46, who retired in 1990 after a 44-year career at Deere & Company. His positions there included vice presidencies in manufacturing systems and technologies. As a student at Cornell, Larder was in the administrative engineering program initiated and developed by Bangs.

Past Bangs Lecturers

Academic Year Bangs Fellow Affiliation
1990-1991 James Lardner Deere & Co.
  Chuck Knight Emerson Electric
1991-1992 Donald Runkle General Motors
  Ken Iverson Nucor
1992-1993 Kenneth Hammer Colt Industries
1993-1994 John Rodewig Eaton Corporation
  John A. White Georgia Tech
1995-1996 Jeff Bleustein Harley Davidson
1996-1997 Lester Knight Allegiance Corporation
1998-1999 General George T. Babbitt United States Air Force
1999-2000 James Morgan Applied Materials
2002-2003 Sherri Steuwer Exxon Mobil
2003-2004 Robert Kaplan Harvard Business School
2014-2015 Sridhar Tayur Carnegie Mellon University
2015-2016 Theresa Wise Delta Airlines