Intel engineer to offer perspective on technology

Linfield entranceThe challenges of thoughtfully navigating an increasingly digital world will be the focus of an upcoming lecture at Linfield College.

Tony Salvador, senior principal engineer at Intel Corporation, will present “What to Think About” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. The lecture will launch this year’s campus-wide theme for the Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE): The Digital Society.

A good education, the argument goes, offers the choice of what to spend time thinking about. Salvador has spent 20 years thinking about the interplay of people and technology, based on his research and work in dozens of countries. With stories and analysis, Salvador will offer a few thoughts about what listeners might choose to think about as they enter an increasingly digital world.

Tony SalvadorSalvador, senior principal engineer, directs research in the Experience Insights Lab within Intel. His team’s role is to identify new, strategic opportunities for technology based on an understanding of global socio-cultural values. Salvador received his bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology from Franklin & Marshall College. He earned a Ph.D. in human factors and experimental psychology at Tufts University.

The lecture is related to Linfield’s common read, “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers. All first-year students read the book over the summer, and it will serve as a centerpiece for discussions and special programs throughout the year for the college’s PLACE initiative. The two-year PLACE theme for 2016-18, The Digital Society, will explore digital technology’s effects on society from a wide range of perspectives. Linfield will focus on The Digital Self this academic year, and The Digital Citizen during the next.

“The talk will offer us an informed, refreshing perspective on how technology shapes us as individuals and as a society, and show how we can be thoughtful about its effects,” said Susan Currie Sivek, associate professor of mass communication and PLACE director.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by PLACE and Academic Affairs. For more information, call 503-883-2521.