Register Now for the Rice Global Forum Monthly Roundtable “Engineering Leadership for Industry 4.0: Is Your Company Ready?“ 5/13 – Houston

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Date / Time:

Friday, May 13, 2022

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Program (live and streamed via Zoom)
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Networking

If you are attending this meeting virtually, the program will be streamed via Zoom from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. A link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the meeting.


“Engineering Leadership for Industry 4.0: Is Your Company Ready?

As new technologies merge the physical, biological, and digital worlds, a Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway. With people, things, machines, and systems increasingly interconnected, companies that thrive in Industry 4.0 will rely not just on engineering managers but engineering leaders.

At RGF’s May 13 luncheon, Dr. Higgs will discuss the emerging engineering leadership paradigm and how engineering leaders harness ethical and data-driven decision-making, data science, project management, product lifecycle and team management, and engineering economics to drive their companies forward.


Dr. C. Fred Higgs, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Director, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership; John and Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Rice University

As vice provost for academic affairs, Higgs manages part of the provost’s central academic operations team whose most important role is to serve Rice faculty in all dimensions of their work. Responsibilities of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs include working with departments and deans to foster an inclusive culture that sustains a productive and diverse faculty and that exemplifies the principles of shared governance; collaborating with the Faculty Senate in the development of faculty policies and academic programs; overseeing faculty career development programs; working with department chairs; and developing and overseeing processes for academic program review. The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs also is the administration’s liaison with the Faculty Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and works closely with the other vice provosts, deans, department chairs, and the Faculty Senate leadership to implement projects of importance to the faculty and the academic mission of the university.

Dr. Higgs received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1995) and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1997) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2001) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. From 2001-2003, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Higgs was a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University from 2003-2016. He joined the faculty at Rice in 2016. Dr. Higgs is also the Faculty Director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership.

Dr. Higgs has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Young Investigator Award in 2007 and in 2013 he received the Benjamin Teare Award, the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering top teaching award. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and became a Fellow in 2016. In 2010 he was presented with the Burt L. Newkirk Award for his notable contributions to the field of tribology. He is also a member of the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Materials Research Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

  • $30 for general admission
  • $15 for Rice Faculty (registration required in advance)
  • Free for Rice Students (registration required in advance)
  • $30 webinar – online only (new fee as of 4.11.22)

Registration will close at Noon on Thursday, May 12, 2022. A boxed lunch will be served to those guests attending in person.

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