Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society

Jones Seminars cover a wide range of "big picture" topics. PhD student attendance is required and students must also meet before or after each seminar to discuss its topic in more detail, usually having done some supplementary reading.

By also attracting other students as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public, the Seminars prompt a weekly gathering full of lively discussion for the curious-minded.

First created in the 1970s, this seminar series was made possible by an endowment established by Charles C. Jones D'18 Th'19. Originally, the lectures were highly specialized for smaller audiences. Then, in 1998, several doctoral students expressed a desire to help build community by providing more reasons for the School to come together as a whole.

Fridays at 3:30pm
Spanos Auditorium (Room 100), Cummings Hall, unless otherwise noted

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"Special Seminars," are part of the Jones Series but are scheduled at different times.

Upcoming Events

Jones Seminar: Optimizing Air Transportation

Cynthia Barnhart, Chancellor & the Ford Foundation Professor of Engineering, MIT

Friday, October 18, 2019, 3:30–4:30pm

Rm. 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

A review of the history of applying operations research techniques to problems in airline and air transportation system planning and operations, and current research opportunities in the field.

Visionaries in Technology Speaker Series

Brenda Dietrich, The Geoffrion Family Professor of Practice, Cornell's School of Operations Research

Friday, October 25, 2019, 3:30–4:30pm

Rm. 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

Riding Data Waves: from ripples to tsunamis

Jones Seminar: The Challenge and Potential for Low-Carbon Electric Power Systems

C. Lindsay Anderson, Marble Faculty Director for Energy & Professor of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell

Friday, November 1, 2019, 3:30–4:30pm

Rm 100 (Spanos Auditorium), Cummings Hall

How do we get there from here? The potential of demand side flexibility and the benefits of coordination of transmission and distribution in supporting a smart and sustainable energy system.

Past Events

View all past Jones Seminars recordings.