2018 George D. Aiken Lecture
From Refugee to Tech Revolutionary
Tan Le, Keynote Speaker
Free and Open to the Public
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm
UVM Ira Allen Chapel
Hosted by the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Tan Le recounts her childhood fleeing from war-torn Communist Vietnam, to her life as an immigrant in Australia, and how those circumstances have shaped her both personally and professionally as a successful female CEO of neuroengineering company Emotiv. Tan discusses the latest advances in EEG brain monitoring technologies and the implications they will have on the future of scientific and academic research, advertising and media, education and training, mobility, defense, communication, automotive development, and in the lives of people with mental and other neurological conditions. Tan Le demos her innovative headset and talks about its far-reaching applications in the industries of gaming, robotics, psychology, medicine, and many more.
Tan Le is an innovator, inventor & entrepreneur, and is the Founder and CEO of EMOTIV. Born in South Vietnam, Le migrated to Australia as a refugee with her family in 1981. Le began university studies at the age of 16 and went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in law (honors) and commerce (honors) in 1998 at Monash University. In 1998, Le was named Young Australian of the Year and voted one of Australia’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30. Le’s story was featured in the ‘Hope’ section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia. Le has been featured in “Who’s Who in Australia” List since 1999, Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes’ 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011.
Le has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009. Le was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2013. She currently serves on the Board of Stewards on Shaping the Future of Information & Entertainment of the World Economic Forum and the Global Future Council on the Future of Neurotechnologies & Brain Science of the World Economic Forum.
About the Aiken Lectures
The University of Vermont’s George D. Aiken Lectures are a permanent tribute to the former Dean of the United States Senate and Governor of Vermont for his many years of service to the people of the state and nation. Supported by an endowment created by George and Lola Aiken and held annually at the University of Vermont, the lectures, which began in 1975, provide a platform for distinctive views on critical American issues and is the University’s major annual public-policy forum. The tradition of keeping the Aiken Lectures free and open to the public endures.
The lecture series will stress four areas of public service for which Senator Aiken is best known, namely, foreign and public affairs, energy and the environment, food systems and health, and economic development for the purpose of making Vermont, the nation and the world a better place to live and work. There will be an annual rotation of these topic areas by the corresponding College at the University: Arts and Sciences, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering and Mathematical Science, Education and Social Services, Environment and Natural Resources, Nursing and Health Sciences, Medicine, and the Grossman School of Business Administration.