Humanities Forum: William Rouse, “How Greater New York City Transformed America”

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 ( 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm )

Location: Morton 324

Humanities Forum: William Rouse
“How Greater New York City Transformed America”

Silicon Valley in California and Route 128 in Massachusetts are often noted as two of the most important innovation ecosystems in the U.S. Silicon Valley emerged in the late 1930s under the tutelage of Frederick Terman, Dean of Engineering at Stanford University. Route 128 emerged as the Massachusetts Miracle in the early 1950s following World War II, with MIT playing a key role. In contrast, the innovation ecosystem of greater New York City began around 1800 and continues today. This presentation highlights 36 innovators in ships and railroads; clothes and personal care; pharmaceuticals; buildings and builders; oil and refining; electricity, computers and communications; finance and banking; academics and activists, and aviation. These people and the enterprises with which they were associated fostered the innovations that spawned the aerospace, computer, electronics, and energy industries that enabled Silicon Valley and Route 128. Along the way, greater New York City morphed repeatedly. This story of repeated transformation is outlined in parallel with highlighting some rather amazing people.

Bill Rouse is the Alexander Crombie Humphreys Chair within the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens and Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises. He is also Professor Emeritus, and former Chair, of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on understanding and managing complex public-private systems such as healthcare delivery, urban systems and national security, with emphasis on mathematical and computational modeling of these systems for the purpose of policy design and analysis. Rouse has written hundreds of articles and book chapters, and has authored many books, including most recently Understanding and Managing the Complexty of Healthcare (MIT Press, 2014), Economic Systems Analysis and Assessment (Wiley, 2011), People and Organizations: Explorations of Human-Centered Design (Wiley, 2007), Essential Challenges of Strategic Management (Wiley, 2001) and the award-winning Don’t Jump to Solutions (Jossey-Bass, 1998). Rouse received his B.S. from the University of Rhode Island, and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.