By Kelsey Brush – William Jewell College is pleased to welcome world technology leader Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe to deliver the annual Everett P. Truex Lecture in Economics and Finance on October 30, 2012. The Truex Lecture is the highlight experience for the Department of Business and Leadership during the fall semester and is open to all students, alumni, faculty and the public.
Dr. Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. An MIT-Harvard-educated engineer-entrepreneur, Dr. Metcalfe was a pioneer of the Internet starting in 1970. In 1973, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Bob invented Ethernet, descendants of which are today’s industry standard Internet plumbing, of which more than a billion new ports ship annually. In 1979, Bob founded the Internet company 3Com, which raised venture capital in 1981, IPOed in 1984, hit $5.7B in annual revenues in 1999, and in 2010 became part of HP. Bob has had two more 10-year careers since 3Com: 1990-2000 as publisher-pundit with half a million weekly readers at InfoWorld, and 2001-2010 as venture capitalist specializing in enertech at billion-dollar Polaris Venture Partners. Bob is a Life Trustee of MIT, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the National Medal of Technology.
During Dr. Metcalfe’s visit to William Jewell he will take part in an on-campus discussion about the future of technology with other leaders from the greater Kansas City area followed by a dinner in Metcalfe’s honor and his public lecture at 7:30 p.m.