2020 Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lecture 

Technology and the Future of Warfare

The Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lectureship was established in 1983 to enhance the spirit of collegiality and sense of community to the University through the multi-disciplinary subject matter of national security affairs. Each year a speaker is nominated by the midshipmen and cadets of the Military Affairs Department. The lectureship provides a better and fuller understanding and awareness of national security concerns in the light of geopolitical balance, world economics, advanced technology, and other critical factors.

General (retired) Ellen M. Pawlikowski is an independent consultant providing expertise on strategic planning, program management, logistics, and research and development.  She is the Judge Widney Professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.  She serves on the Boards of Directors for the Raytheon Company, Intelsat SA, Applied Research Associates, and SRI International.

Ellen Pawlikowski was the third woman to achieve the rank of General in the US Air Force.  In her last assignment, she served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually, providing the Air Force with research and development, life cycle systems management, test and evaluation, installation support, depot maintenance and supply chain management. 

She entered the Air Force in 1978 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ. She then attended the University of California at Berkeley as a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation fellow and received a Doctorate in chemical engineering in December 1981.

General Pawlikowski's career has spanned a wide variety of technical management, leadership and staff positions.  She commanded five times as a general officer, commanding the MILSATCOM Systems Wing, the AF element of the National Reconnaissance Office, AF Research Laboratory, the Space and Missile Systems Center, and Air force Materiel Command. She also served as the program director and program executive officer for several multibillion-dollar military-system acquisitions.


General Pawlikowski is nationally recognized for her leadership and technical management acumen.  Among her recognitions are the Women In Aerospace Life Time Achievement Award, the NDIA’s Peter B Teets Award, and the Air Force Association Executive Management Award.  She is a Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineers.

Open to:  All Audiences

Event contact:  nimitz-military@berkeley.edu, 510-725-5862

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