Henry      Dr. Henry S. Baird
Professor
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Last lecture before retiring
"How to Work with Creative People"
Wednesday, April 15, 4:00 PM
Packard Lab, Room 466
Reception in Packard Lobby at 3:00 PM

Abstract: Have you considered a creative career, in research or as an inventor? What, do you imagine, are the personal qualities needed, and how can you be sure that you possess them? Professor Henry Baird, in his "last lecture" before retiring, shares stories from his career in Computer Science, starting as an engineer in tightly controlled teams, then as a Ph.D. "individual contributor" in industrial research (at Bell Labs & elsewhere), striving to "manage" other researchers (& bosses), and most recently teaching. This is unlike any talk he's given before (he will not recount his resume): instead, he'll describe frankly what it was like: to prosper among smart colleagues; to be accelerated by their skills (while dodging their foibles); to contribute to ambitious international projects; to thrive in (a surprising variety of) research "cultures"; and to encourage---never to steer!---innovation in others. Along the way, he'll name some names....

Bio: Prof. Baird joined Lehigh in January 2004 after thirty years in industrial research as Principal Scientist and area manager at PARC (Palo Alto, CA), department head and Member of Research Staff at Bell Labs (Murray Hill, NJ), and member of technical staff at RCA Sarnoff Labs (Princeton, NJ). He has published five books and over one hundred technical papers. He holds ten patents. He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE and of the IAPR, and he received an ICDAR Outstanding Contributions Award. Prof. Baird earned a Ph.D. in EECS from Princeton Univ. in 1984. He also holds a Masters degree in CS from Rutgers Univ., and a bachelors in Mathematics from Harvard College.

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