Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series

Clockwise from upper left, the downtown Madison skyline, University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and Lake Mendota are pictured in an aerial view during an autumn sunset on Oct. 13, 2016. In the foreground is University Bay and the Class of 1918 Marsh. The photograph was made from a helicopter looking east. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

The College of Engineering Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings noted alumni to campus to deliver public talks and to engage with our students, faculty, staff and broader campus community.

Distinguished Lecturers

Photo of Tom Werner

Industrial engineering alumnus Tom Werner was the series inaugural speaker. He gave the talk, “Changing the Way Our World is Powered,” on campus on Oct. 5, 2018.


Tom Werner is chairman and CEO of SunPower. Prior to joining SunPower, he was CEO of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries, Inc., and General Electric Co. He currently serves as a board member of Cree, Inc., Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from UW-Madison, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University.

View video of Tom’s lecture.