Last Lectures: Dr. Omar El-Shafee & Dr. Wesley Turner


Nearly 200 graduating seniors helped to choose who they would like to hear from one last time. We are thrilled to announce the lecture line up of Dr. Omar El-Shafee, Dr. Wes Turner, Dr. Chris Letchford, Dr. Corey Woodcock, and Dr. Jianling Yue.

Patterned off the Last Lecture Series made famous by Dr. Randy Pausch, Rensselaer's Class of 2020 celebrates their last lecture at Rensselaer with four lectures on diverse topics. We will release new videos each day.

Dr. Omar El-Shafee


Dr. Wesley Turner



Tuesday, May 18 - Friday, May 22

Tuesday, May 19 | Dr. Omar El-Shafee, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tuesday, May 19 | Dr. Wes Turner, Computer Science
Wednesday, May 20 | Dr. Chris Letchford, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thursday, May 21 | Dr. Corey Woodcock, Chemical & Biological Engineering
Friday, May 22 | Dr. Jianling Yue, Communication and Media

About the Last Lecture Series»

Dr. Randy Pausch delivered his "Last Lecture", titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams", at Carnegie Mellon. His talk was modeled after an ongoing series of lectures where top academics are asked to think deeply about what matters to them, and then give a hypothetical "final talk", i.e., "what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?"

A month before giving the lecture, Pausch had received a terminal prognosis.

Since then campuses across the country have asked thought leaders and academics, in the spirit of Dr. Pausch to consider big questions in "Last Lectures"