The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.

Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O'Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O'Brien (ND '40) and his wife, Dee.  The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.


Ubiquitous Robots? Challenges and Opportunities

by Dr. Jim Schmiedeler, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
January 26, 2018


Nitesh Chawla

Human-machine partnership: Thinking about the future

by Nitesh Chawla, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
February 23, 2018


Otto Berkes

The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be: From Xbox to What’s Next

Otto Berkes, Chief Technology Officer, CA Technologies
March 2, 2018


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Next Generation Technologies and Digital Leadership - An Executive Overview

Steve Shute, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, SAP Americas and Asia Pacific Japan
March 23, 2018


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Big data gets physical

Dr. Hendrik F. Hamann, Senior Manager and Distinguished Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
April 13, 2018



The future of genomic medicine

Dr. Gill Bejerano, Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, of Computer Science and of Pediatrics, Bejerano Lab, Stanford University
April 20, 2018



Scott Mereness, President, Lippert Components, Inc.
April 27, 2018 

Scott Mereness has helped lead Lippert Components for 23 years, the last 8 years serving as President of the company.


Ten Years Hence Schedule

Lectures are held on selected Fridays from:

  • 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
  • Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business

"Ten Years Hence" is listed as BAUG 30210 or MBGR 60210, and is open to all Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students and employees.
There are no prerequisites to enroll.

No examinations or graded assignments. Students must attend all lectures in order to receive credit for the course; no excused or unexcused absences.

There are no required textbook purchases for this course.

See your academic advisor or your department chair for additional details.

The public and media are welcomed.


Jean Meade
Phone: (574) 631-3277