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University of Utah
Gretchen W. McClain

SALT LAKE CITY — Gretchen W. McClain, the former deputy associate administrator for space development at NASA, will deliver the University of Utah’s William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at noon Wednesday in the Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium.

McClain’s lecture is titled “Space Innovation: Why Society Needs the Creativity and Collaboration of Space Exploration Today More Than Ever.”

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McClain, who graduated from the U. with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, has more than 25 years of global experience in both Fortune 500 corporations and government service, including serving as founding CEO of the global water technology company Xylem Inc. and NASA’s chief director of the International Space Station.

McClain will share her insights on the value of creating technologies that have come from the space programs, as well as the many other advances that space exploration has contributed to business and society.