Dasburg Speaks in Weil Lecture Series

GAINESVILLE, FL (September, 2010): ISE Hall of Famer and CEO of ASTAR Air Cargo John Dasburg (BS IE 1966) delivered the Weil Lecture on September 7 to a packed room of students, faculty and staff. He addressed the issue of leadership and how it should be addressed in an engineering curriculum through his talk “Setting Goals and Some Keys to Achieving Them.” According to Dasburg, great leaders have the following attributes or capabilities: (1) Decision making with incomplete information; (2) Decisiveness; (3) Self Confidence; (4) Fact Finding; (5) Good Health; (6) Work Ethic; and (7) Competitiveness. He said that engineers have an advantage due to their mathematical background and disciplined thinking. But he warned that the competitive advantage of having deductive reasoning must not become a disadvantage to learning inductive reasoning. He also encouraged students to read about other leaders, from Washington and Adams to Reagan and Clinton. Finally, he instructed the students to define and go after goals while keeping options open.