Inaugural Lecture: Prof Roy Marcus – Post Press-Release

The Da Vinci Institute hosted the second Inaugural Lecture for 2017 on 12 May. The Inaugural Lecture is an opportunity for appointed Professors to inform colleagues in the institution and the general public, about their research career so far; and update colleagues on their current and future research directions. 

Prof Roy Marcus presented his lecture, titled “Systemic Design Thinking from Etsi to Biomimicry” on 12 May 2017 at The Da Vinci House, 16 Park Avenue, Modderfontein. The abstract of his lecture reads “Cited as one of the biggest transportation and environmental blunders, the failure of the Etsi pipeline project left engineers, law makers, and scientists speechless. To this day, the scars of the failure are still evident. However, the fallout sparked a whole new world of people who dedicated their lives to finding elegant ways to prevent a reoccurrence. In its wake a new school of thought on how to manage complexity emerged. The journey tells a story of cross continental collaboration, of a drive to change the mind-sets of leaders and above all an attempt to bring the fruits of great academic minds into the realms of reality. The lecture explores the harsh realities of unintended consequences and the emergence of wicked problems and proposes how through observing nature, leaders of organizations can craft new and innovative ways forward. Systemic Design Thinking is not yet another fad in the plethora of management tools; it is recognised as one of the foremost tools to salvage broken organisations and to take the winning organisations to even greater heights. As attractive as it sounds it is not for the feint hearted.” 

Prof Roy Marcus graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1972.  In 1974 and 1978, he was awarded the degrees of MSc and PhD for research work conducted in the field of pipeline transportation of solids.  In 2004, he was awarded the degree Doctor Technologiae honoris causa from the Technikon Witwatersrand. He currently holds the position of, chairperson of the Council of the University of Johannesburg, Chairman of Innovative Investment Corporation (Technology Commercialisation Company) Chairman of PTIP (Photovoltaic Technology 
Intellectual Property (Pty) Ltd.) Honorary Professor of Engineering at the University of Johannesburg, Visiting Professor at the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management. He is chairperson of the DST Audit Committee.  He is a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering and a Ministerial Appointee to the Council of the University of Johannesburg.  To read more about Prof Roy Marcus, click here

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