Engineering Alumnus Eric Swanson to Give Tang Lecture Oct. 16

October 7, 2013
Eric A. Swanson

College of Engineering alumnus Eric A. Swanson will present the 14th annual Tang Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. in 1009 Campus Center.

The first part of his talk, titled “Startup Stories: Personal Observations and Other Comments,”  will be a simple overview of entrepreneurship and its related issues, along with his considered advice. The second part of the talk will focus on his personal stories and lessons learned—good and bad—from involvement in several startups. The talk will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m.

A 1982 graduate in electrical and computer engineering, Swanson is the director of Acacia Communication, Curata Incorporated, and NinePoint Medical. He was a co-recipient of the 1992 Rank Prize for contributions to opto-electronics. In 2012 he was a co-recipient of the $1.3-million António Champalimaud Vision Award, one the world’s largest scientific and humanitarian prizes and the largest in visual research, for the discovery of optical coherence tomography, which plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of the most important blinding diseases of the industrialized world: macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.

Swanson is a director, advisor and participant in a variety of industrial, academic, entrepreneurial, government and non-profit activities. He is a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a consultant at Draper Laboratory, and an advisor in the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. In addition, he does a variety of volunteer activities, and is editor of Swanson is a co-founder or founding board member of five companies and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has authored approximately 200 technical papers and conference presentations and holds about 35 U.S. patents and numerous foreign patents

The Shirley and Ting-wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series brings leaders of engineering-based companies to campus to interact with students and faculty and present a major talk. Shirley Tang is a retired academic advisor with the United Asia Learning Resource Center. Professor emeritus Ting-wei Tang recently completed a distinguished career of 38 years at UMass Amherst. An internationally recognized expert in numerical modeling of semiconductor devices, professor Tang was elected as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow in 1999. He received the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award from the Alumni Association.