Lehigh ISE Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture - Public Lecture

Speaker: Christine Burke

Title: Executive Director at Morgan Stanley

Lecture: Resilience, the Art of Surviving and Thriving

Location: Mohler Laboratory, room 453, 200 West Packer Avenue, Bethlehem PA


The imperative to ensure personal and organizational resilience has never been greater and will grow with an urgency matching the accelerating pace of change in nearly every facet of our lives. Businesses fend off many thousands of cyber-attacks alone every day. The truth about our collective and individual vulnerabilities is well beyond the data heists, outages and ransomware revealed in daily newsfeeds. We know being compromised is a ‘when’ not an ‘if’. Are you ready? Relentless exposure to media in overdrive, positive and negative, social and otherwise, elicits a persistent stress response. How does that feel?  As symbiotic denizens of a shared planet the climate crisis impacts us personally and collectively, directly and ever closer to our periphery. Are you ready? Increasing interconnectivity makes us stronger and more at risk. So, what do we do? As it turns out, solutions for personal and group resilience are not dissimilar. We are each a microcosm of our many larger wholes, and much can be learned from viewing varied perspectives. Over the course of my career as global change agent, COO, Talent Management Officer, entrepreneur, teacher and now resiliency leader I have seen how critical well-developed resilience is to well-being for individuals, teams, and organizations. Having led the implementation of programs and practices significantly improving resiliency postures, I know there are levers we can pull that are at once simple, systemic, effective...many squarely from the ISE space. In this session we will talk about what resilience means in its many contexts and discuss tools you can employ to prepare for the constant of change we live in and to help organizations and individuals you care about to not just survive but to thrive.



Christine Burke is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where she has been a global change leader, Talent Management Officer (twice), Chief Operations Officer (three times), Chief of Staff, internal entrepreneur and is currently a resilience governance leader. She has held leadership positions across the firm in Operations, Technology, Cyber Security and Trading. She is also on the Morgan Stanley Technology Philanthropy Steering Committee having originated the MS cyber-philanthropy initiative. Christine has also been a math teacher in the Bronx, the founding Director of Finance, Operations, Technology and HR in a foundational diverse by design charter school network and is the owner of a global brand unrelated to any of the above. In her time at Morgan Stanley, and prior to that with Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, Christine has worked and, in some cases, lived in over 10 countries. In addition to being a triathlete and having summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Christine has served on the board of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School and as Co-Chair for Partnership for Children and is a member of the Lehigh ISE Alumni Advisory Council.

Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series: This lecture series is endowed in the name of the late Spencer C. Schantz, who graduated from Lehigh in 1955 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Following progressive responsibilities with several electrical manufacturing companies, in 1969 he founded U.S. Controls Corporation and became its first CEO and President. The Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series was established by his wife Jerelyn as a valuable educational experience for faculty, students, and friends of Lehigh’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department.



Past Schantz Lectures:
Robert M. Freund
MIT Sloan School of Management
Thursday, April 11, 2024
"Level-Set Geometry and the Performance of Restarted-PDHG for Conic LP" 
Julie Ivy
North Carolina State University
Friday, August 18, 2023
"Learning from Data for Decision Making in Health and Humanitarian Logisitics: Insights and Challenges in a World with Increasing AI" (ISE-COH-HSE Public)
Anna Grassellino
Fermilab, National Quantum Information Science SQMS Center
Monday, July 31, 2023
"Enabling Scientific Discovery in Quantum Information Science at the Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems (SQMS) Center" (Public)
Paul Camuti
Trane Technologies plc
Thursday, May 4, 2023
"A Purpose Driven Innovation System, Delivery ESG Impact" (Public)
Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler
Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, April 27, 2023
"Optimization Strategies for Integrated Process Design and Operations" (Technical)
Michael Carter
University of Toronto; Founding Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering
Thursday, November 3, 2022
"How Can We Make a Real Difference in Healthcare? The Challenges of Implementation" (ISE-COH-HSE Public)
Stephen J. Wright
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center
"Primal-Dual Optimization Methods for Robust Machine Learning and Generalized Linear Programming" (Technical)
Tais O'Dwyer
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Mohler Laboratory, Room 355
"Technology as the Competitive Differentiator in Financial Services" (postponed)
Michael Pinedo
New York University
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Mohler Laboratory, Room 453
"Scheduling Applications in Industry - Steelmaking and Microelectronics" (Technical)
David Burdakin
President, JBT Aero Tech
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Wood Dining Room, Iacocca Hall
"Great Businesses...How do they do it?" (Public)
Jorge Nocedal
Northwestern University
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Mohler Laboratory, Room 453
"Constrained Optimization in the Presence of Noise" (Technical)
Yurii Nesterov
University of Louvain
Monday, August 2, 2021
Zoom Presentation
"Inexact High-Order Proximal-Point Methods with Auxiliary Search Procedure" (Technical)
Stacey Cunningham '96
President, NYSE Group
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Neville Auditorium
"Engineering the 21st Century Stock Exchange" (Public)
Dr. R. Tyrrell Rockafellar
Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Mohler Laboratory, Room 451
"Risk and Reliability in Optimization Under Uncertainty" (Technical)
Mikell Groover
Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Wood Dining Room, Iacocca Hall
“The Evolution of Lehigh University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Department” (Public)
William J. Cook
University of Waterloo
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sinclair Laboratory Auditorium
“In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation” (Public)
William J. Cook
University of Waterloo
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Mohler Lab, Room 453
“Guiding the Cutting-Plane Method” (Technical)
Sunil A. Misser '88G
CEO, Accountability
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Sinclair Auditorium
“Responsible Business – Rebuilding Trust and Creating Value” (Public)
Alain Haurie
Professor Emeritus, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Mohler Lab, Room 453
“Modeling Energy Transition to Sustainability in a Smart Grid/Smart City Environment” (Technical)
Richard R. Verma '90
U.S. Ambassador to India
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Neville Hall, Room 001
“Technology, Innovation, and American Diplomacy in the 21st Century” (Public)
Dr. Ronald G. Askin '75
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Mohler Lab, Room 451
"Industrial Engineering: Key Principles and Paradigms Developed to Date and the Opportunities and Challenges for the Future" (Technical)
Dr. Robert Bixby
Noah Harding Professor Emeritus of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University and visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Universitat Erlangen
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Sinclair Auditorium
“Computational Progress in Linear and Mixed Integer Programming” (Public)
Dr. Radhika Kulkarni
Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D at SAS Institute Inc
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Sinclair Auditorium
"Succeeding with Business Analytics - Key Challenges" (Public)
"Big Data and Big Analytics - Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Innovation" (Technical)
Brenda Dietrich
IBM Fellow and VP, IBM Watson Group
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Lewis Laboratory, Room 270
"Cognitive Computing: Behind and Beyond Jeopardy!" (Public)
"Business Analytics: Making Operations Research Ubiquitous" (Technical)
Ralph E. Gomory
Research Professor, New York University
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sinclair Auditorium
"New Goals for American Corporations" (Public)
"Problems Create Mathematics" (Technical)
Arthur F. Veinott Jr. ’56
Professor Emeritus of Operations Research, Stanford University
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Neville Auditorium 001
"Optimal and Near Optimal Supply Policy for Deterministic Multiperiod Supply Networks" (Public)
"Polytime Computation of Strong and n-Present-Value Optimal Policies in Markov Decision Chains" (Technical)
Leon F. McGinnis, Ph.D.
Eugene C. Gwaltney Chair in Manufacturing Systems and Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Sinclair Auditorium
"Industrial Engineering - Quo Vadis? One Man’s Idiosyncratic View of His Profession" (Public)
"Model Based Industrial Engineering" (Technical)
Irwin Young ’50
DuArt Films Laboratories
Friday, March 18, 2011
Sinclair Auditorium
"How an Engineering Education Affected My Career" (Public)
Dr. Stephen P. Boyd
Stanford University
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center
"The Role of Embedded Optimization in Smart Systems and Products" (Public)
"Real-Time Embedded Convex Optimization" (Technical)
Dr. John T. Betts
Boeing Company
Friday, April 16, 2010
Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center
"What Does a Rocket Scientist Really Do?" (Public)
"Algorithmic Choices When Solving an Optimal Control Problem" (Technical)
Dr. Cynthia Barnhart
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Friday, August 8, 2008
Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center
“Unraveling the Mysteries of the Airline Industry"