Video of Wednesday’s the William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and The Quality of Life given by mechanical engineering alumna Gretchen McClain can be seen here.

McClain’s talk, titled  “Space Innovation = SUM (Talent + Leadership + Vision) = Progress: Why Society Needs the Creativity and Collaboration of Space Exploration Today More Than Ever,” touches on the importance of continued space exploration and the benefits NASA technology has brought to consumers.

McClain is an accomplished business leader who thrives on energizing organizations and building businesses by enhancing innovation and developing exceptional leadership talent. She has more than 25 years of global experience in both Fortune 500 corporations and government service, including serving as founding CEO of an S&P 500 global water technology company, Xylem Inc., and as NASA’s chief director of the International Space Station. She has been awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the “Fortune 1000 CEO.”