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Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series




Patrick K. Mullen

Executive Vice President and Group President of Engineering, Construction and Maintenance


"CB&I: How Leadership and Core Values Fuel Our Growth"




DeBartolo Hall, Room 155 - 8:00 p.m.
April 7, 2015

Mullen has more than 25 years of experience in the energy infrastructure business. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. He also held several positions at Lummus Technology, including roles in technology sales, technology business group management, and head of technology sales and marketing. He spent the first 12 years of his career at UOP, where he held various positions in research and development, technical service, technology sales and technology management. Mullen was named to Vectren Corp.’s board of directors in 2014.

Mullen earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1986. He also received a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1997.


Paul G. Schafer

Retired Major General, USAF

"Leadership in the 21st Century, a Fighter Pilot’s Perspective"


Hayes-Healy, Room 127 - 8:00 p.m.
March 19, 2015

Schafer has extensive experience working on, and leading technical programs, including the F-117A stealth fighter. He commanded the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, a premier science and engineering institution tasked with solving complex challenges for our nation's warfighters. There he led a team using social and physical science techniques and engineering expertise to assist warfighters in support of our national security.

He retired in 2011 after a 32 year career in the USAF. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in aeronautical engineering, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through AFROTC. Paul completed pilot training, earning his wings in 1980, and was assigned to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing level. He was an outstanding graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, and was twice named the A-10 Instructor Pilot of the Year. Schafer earned the Lance P. Sijan leadership Award for his combat command in Southwest Asia, and flew over 40 combat missions over southern Iraq.  

Since he left active duty, Schafer has been consulting on highly classified Department of Defense programs. He has been nominated for the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, and is a docent at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum. He is building a kit plane, called a Onex, in his garage in his leisure time.




Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Mayor, City of South Bend, Indiana

"South Bend: Where Talent Meets Purpose"

DeBartolo Hall, Room 141 - 8:00 p.m.
November 19, 2014

Mayor Pete Buttigieg represents the transformative impact of people who care about—and are investing—in South Bend.  Openness to ideas and willingness to innovate have been essential to South Bend’s recent growth. The diversity, vitality, intellect and the insight that residents and community partners such as the University of Notre Dame offer keep the City moving forward.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the city’s thirty-second mayor, taking his oath of office on January 1, 2012.

Buttigieg is working to strengthen the local economy by retaining and attracting businesses, partner with the local public school system, manage a cutting-edge and transparent city administration, and provide safety and security by empowering neighborhoods throughout our community.

Buttigieg was born in South Bend and grew up in the North Shore Triangle. He was valedictorian of St. Joseph’s High School (2000) and graduated from Harvard University (2004). He worked for former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen before he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford (2005 to 2007).

After obtaining a degree from Oxford, Buttigieg worked for McKinsey & Company, where he was responsible for advising senior business and government leaders on major decisions related to economic development, energy policy, strategic business initiatives, and logistics — around the country and the world, including to Iraq and Afghanistan.

A lieutenant in U.S. Navy Reserve, Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer deployed to Afghanistan for six months in 2014 where he worked on the intersection of drugs, finance, and terrorism as a member of the Afghan Threat Finance Cell.



Wayne W. Murdy

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining Corporation

DeBartolo Hall, Room 138 - 8:00 p.m.
November 11, 2014

Learn about the difficulty of building large projects in the developing world, where lack of standards, logistics, unskilled workers, shifting government requirements and corruption place additional strain on the project team.  Ethics and a strong moral compass are critical to success.  However, if done right, these projects bring trades to communities that are made up of subsistence farmers or fishermen and change lives, breaking the poverty cycle.  Engineers can be a “real force for good.”

Wayne W. Murdy retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining Corporation in 2007.  He joined Newmont in 1992 and served as Chief Financial Officer and later President prior to being elected CEO in 2001.  Newmont is a major gold producer with total assets of $25 billion on five continents.

Murdy is a Director of BHP Billiton Limited, BHP Billiton Plc.,and Weyerhaeuser Company. He is a Trustee of the Denver Art Museum, The Papal Foundation, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary and a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame.  He was a founding board member of the Partnering Against Corruption Initiative of the World Economic Forum, a past Chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals, a past Director of the National Mining Association and a former member of the Manufacturing Council of the United States Department of Commerce.

Prior to joining Newmont, Murdy spent 15 years in senior financial positions in the oil and gas industry, first with Getty Oil Company and later as Chief Financial Officer of Apache Corporation.  He began his business career in public accounting.  A graduate of California State University at Long Beach, he has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. Murdy was recognized as a distinguished graduate of his Alma Mater in 2005, was the 2006 recipient of the Charles F. Rand Gold Medal of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Degree by the Colorado School of Mines in 2007 and in that year was the recipient of the International Bridge Builders Award by the University of Denver.

Wayne and Diana Murdy have been married 45 years and have four children; Dawn Marie (ND ‘91), Christopher (ND ’93), Joseph (USMC) and Elizabeth (ND MBA ’14) and six grandchildren (two of whom are freshmen at ND).  


Pat Toole

General Manager, Portfolio Management & Offering Development
IBM Global Technology Services, IBM Corporation, Armonk, New York   

"Ignatius Spirituality and Leading Engineers"

DeBartolo Hall, Room 136 - 8:00 p.m.
October 2, 2014

In July 2014 Pat Toole joined IBM global technology services as general manager.  Previously he was general manager, System z; and prior to that, general manager, technical support services.  Toole's more recent assignments include vice president and chief information officer of  IBM, general manager of IBM intellectual property, vice president in IBM’s corporate enterprise on demand transformation & information technology business, and general manager of the IBM engineering & technology services division. Since joining the business in 1984 Mr. Toole has held a variety of executive and management positions in technology, manufacturing, engineering, information systems, marketing, and sales, including his role as senior site executive of IBM Charlotte in North Carolina. Toole is a member of the CEO’s growth and transformation team and strategy team.  He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Queens University of Charlotte.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and serves on the University’s engineering advisory council.