Regina Dugan, the leader of Facebook’s new advanced research group, known as “Building 8,” will discuss rapid innovation as part of the university’s inaugural Beyond Boundaries Presidential Lecture. The event will be held on Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the Moss Arts Center.

Dugan received her bachelor's and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and went on to receive a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

Before taking the leadership role at Facebook earlier this year, she ran Google’s Advanced Technology and Products Team. Dugan is also the former head of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  In 2013, CNN named Dugan to its top 10 list of thinkers in science and technology who are “changing the world with their insights and innovations.”

Beyond Boundaries is President Tim Sands’ visioning initiative in which he challenged the university community to imagine Virginia Tech a generation into the future, and consider how to advance as a global land-grant university, navigating the challenges and opportunities facing higher education. 

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