Tinsley OdenJ. Tinsley Oden presented the prestigious 44th Shaw Lecture at North Carolina State University Nov. 6 to a crowd of more than 100 guests. Oden, associate vice president for research and director of ICES, spoke on the emergence of predictive science to forecast physical events. Using examples from the field of nanomanufacturing, he discussed how the principles and tools of predictive science are connected to the philosophical foundations of science, and how scientific knowledge can be obtained and interpreted in a statistical setting.

The Henry M. Shaw Lecture Series in Civil Engineering was established in 1966 at North Carolina State University by the faculty and friends of Mr. Henry Marchand Shaw, Sr. The lecture honors the late Mr. Shaw, who was president of the North Carolina Products Corporation, for his contributions to the growth of North Carolina and for his continuing interest in the University's School of Engineering. The purpose of the endowment is to enable the civil engineering department to present an annual lecture in the various areas of civil engineering by a speaker of international stature.

This article was originally published by ICES.