Veritas Speakers Appearing at Stanford
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Accidental Academic

A professor's journey through science, God, Stanford, and making a name for himself

February 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Koret Pavilion (Freidenrich Dining Hall)

About the Presenters
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cullen R. Buie is the Mitsui Career Development Chair and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Cullen attended Stanford University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and obtained his M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) in Mechanical Engineering. Cullen's Ph.D. research, with Professor Juan Santiago, involved the study of microfluidic pumps to manage liquid water in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. After Stanford Cullen spent a year at UC Berkeley working with Professor Liwei Lin and Professor John Coates as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow. At MIT his laboratory explores fundamentals of electrokinetic phenomena for application in materials science and microbiology. His research is applicable to a diverse array of problems, from anti-biofouling surfaces and biofuels to energy storage and bacterial infections. Cullen is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and service including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012).

Past Veritas Forums held on Stanford University’s campus

UNC Chapel Hill Professor of Genetics, Dr. Praveen Sethupathy visited Stanford for the 2015 Veritas Forum, "Am I More than My Genes?", a discussion that explored the concept of human identity through the lens of both genetics and faith. 

In 2014, Stanford students hosted theologian NT Wright and Stanford philosopher Kenneth Taylor to address "The Well-Lived Life: An Atheist Philosopher and a Christian Theologian Discuss".

In 2013, Veritas Forum speaker MIT Physicist Ian Hutchinson, visited Stanford - exploring questions on faith and science at "Complements or Contradictions". 

In 2012, students at Stanford looked at how we should respond to poverty. Do we have an obligation to the poor when we're choosing things like our vocation, classes, and groceries? And if we do, how should that obligation change the way we make those decisions? Join Nathan GeorgeNishan de Mel, and Debbie Hall in a thoughtful discussion in "Making Money, Spending Money: What Do We Owe to the Poor?"

In 2011, Veritas Forum speaker and Oxford mathematician John Lennox visited Stanford in a discussion moderated by Ray F. Cowan, MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Throughout history, countless ideas have thrived only to be later supplanted.  What, if anything, is worth believing in? Come hear Dr. Lennox draw from his experiences with atheism and theism in Eastern Europe in "Axioms and Inferences: A Mathematician Thinks About Faith."