Edison Lecture Series

The Edison Lecture Series was created in 2005 by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The Lecture's mission is to get middle and high school students excited about electrical and computer engineering as a career choice, and to introduce middle and high school students to the potential applications and impacts of electrical engineering on the world. The Edison Lecture Series has reached over 26,000 students in Austin and Central Texas over the past 12 years.


Edison 2017

Poster Design by:
Julia Siegmund,
Westwood High School

Past Supporters

Phillips 66

Lockheed Martin

2017 Edison Lecture Series: Fiber and Light

February 21-22, 2017
Texas Union

The topic for the 2017 Edison Lecture Series is "Fiber and Light."

For more information, please contact Theresa Claiborne at tc@austin.utexas.edu.

Session A Session B Session C Session D
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Exhibit Hall: 10:00 AM
Lecture: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Exhibit Hall: 11:00 AM
Lecture: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Exhibit Hall: 10:00 AM
Lecture: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Exhibit Hall: 11:00 AM
Lecture: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
The University of Texas at Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will not take custodial responsibility of minors while participating in the Edison Lecture Series. Custodial responsibility will remain with teachers, parents, legal guardians, and chaperones.


About Edison

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Edison Lecture Series is a STEM program. STEM generally supports broadening the study of engineering within each of the other subjects, and beginning engineering at younger grades, even elementary school. It also brings STEM education to all students rather than only the gifted programs. 

What Happens at the Edison Lecture Series

Along with an interactive lecture, companies and governmental organizations show up to demonstrate robots, virtual reality, solar cars, green screen video technology, and more in interactive pre-show demonstrations. For many students, attending the Edison Lecture Series is their first trip to The University of Texas at Austin. Many educators feel that allowing young students the opportunity to visit the campus and experience a lecture in a collegiate environment can be beneficial to the students' perspective on future educational pursuits.

Often the early stages of preparing and learning, the fundamentals can be frustrating. We seek to show students the rewards at the end of those frustrations by focusing on the fun over the fundamentals for an afternoon. This gives students a rewarding and positive experience to associate with engineering and science.

The Edison Lecture Series selects a different topic each year focusing on a different industry, technology, or idea.

Past topics have incuded:

2016 Computing for Green
2015 Big Data
2014 Mobile Computing
2013 Bioinformatics
2012 Robotics
2011 Software is Engineering 
2010 Innovation 
2009 Changing the World One Engineer at a Time 
2008 Television and Surveillance 
2007 Renewable Energy 
2006 Microprocessors 
2005 Communications

Poster Contest

Every year, the Edison Lecture Series hosts a poster contest to design the poster for the following year's lecture. The winners will be announced at the 2017 Edison Lecture Series.

Deadline: The deadline has been extended until February 14, 2017.
Theme: Autonomous Vehicles
Please submit all work via e-mail to Andrew Carr at acarr@mail.utexas.edu OR you can provide a dropbox link, or your teacher can make a dropbox link for your entire class's submissions. Please TITLE your file with your name and school.
Design Suggestions:
  • Keep the theme in mind. If the topic is "software", think about what images relate to software.
  • Images of "gears" are representative of mechanical engineering, not electrical and computer engineering.
  • Take a step back and look at your design. If you didn't know what the event was, would you be able to guess based on your design?
Technical Requirements: 
  • Please TITLE your file with your name and school.
  • Posters should be 11" x 17" in a high-resolution PSD, PDF or TIFF format.
  • Artwork should be 300 dpi or higher.
  • All text should be at least 1/2" away from the edge of the paper.
  • Any questions regarding file types or requirements should be sent to Andrew Carr at acarr@mail.utexas.edu