March 11 — C. L. Max Nikias, President, University of Southern California

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
7:45-8:15am  Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am  Forum

C. L. Max Nikias
University of Southern California

Innovation in Higher Education

in conversation with Peter Marx 
Chief Innovation Technology Officer
and Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles

500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

$20 General Admission

C. L. Max Nikias is president of  University of Southern California (since 2010). He holds the Robert C. Packard President’s Chair and the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, and chairs the USC Health System Board. He has been at USC since 1991, as a professor, director of national research centers, dean, provost, and now president. He holds faculty appointments in both electrical engineering and the classics. Additionally, he leads special freshman seminars each fall on ancient Athenian democracy and drama. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

As president, Dr. Nikias has articulated a vision for USC to attain undisputed, elite status as a global research university. His initiatives include recruiting a cadre of transformative, world-class faculty; elevating USC’s academic medical enterprise; expanding USC’s international presence; further improving the breadth and quality of USC’s outstanding student body; and embarking on the largest fundraising campaign in the history of higher education.

Dr. Nikias received a diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, and later earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Read more about him, here.

Appointed by Mayor Garcetti Peter Marx as the city’s first Chief Innovation Technology Officer, key part of Mayor Garcetti’s back to basics agenda. Marx oversees the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government to better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he partners with L.A.’s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation.

Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Marx served as the Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Labs, Inc., commercializing a variety of emerging technologies. Previously, Marx was the Vice President of the Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc. where the company received a Webby award, the highest award for excellence in online content. Marx managed Analog Protocol, a media-technology consultancy; served as the Chief Technology Officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios; and held engineering and producer positions at Electronic Arts. Early in his career, he served as an engineer on a variety of telemedicine, digital video, radiological imaging, and biomedicine applications for UCLA and 3M Company.


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