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The Barlow Memorial Lecture 2015 and Research Poster Presentation

UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department, Monday 18 May 2015 from 13:00 to 17:30, London, United Kingdom

Jeannine-Sargent.jpgThe Intelligence of Things: Transforming Markets and Industries


By 2020, there is expected to be 50 billion smart and connected devices generating over 13 trillion euros in economic value. Embedding intelligence into the products and devices themselves – in the form of sensors, software, processing, along with connectivity to other devices and the cloud – is enabling entirely new functionality and more applications than ever possible before. We call this evolving ecosystem of smart, connected devices, machines and systems the “Intelligence of Things”.

Bringing these solutions to market will transform traditional product development processes and business models by requiring high levels of collaboration and synergy across multiple external organizations from product concept, technology integration, and access to multiple markets.

As the world’s leading supply chain solutions company, Flextronics is uniquely positioned in enabling this transformation for startups to multinationals. They will discuss how companies in industries as varied as healthcare, automotive and consumer devices are adapting and bringing a new set of smart and connected solutions to market.

The 2015 Barlow Memorial Lecturer: Jeannine Sargent

Jeannine Sargent is president of Innovation and New Ventures at Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flextronics is a $26B, industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 end-to-end supply chain solutions company with a global workforce of 200,000 and operations in over 30 countries. In this role she oversees technology and innovation labs including the Lab IX accelerator, design & engineering centers and new venture investments for Flextronics.

Ms. Sargent brings more than 25 years of international experience in several technology markets including energy, IC design and manufacturing, embedded systems software; and capital equipment for semiconductor, LED, LCD, and instrumentation for nano-biotech manufacturing. She has successfully led both venture-backed and public companies in the high-tech sector and worked with private equity groups. 

Prior to this position, Ms. Sargent was president of Energy, a segment of the High Reliability Solutions business group at Flextronics. Previously, she was the founding chief executive officer of Oerlikon Solar, based in Switzerland and an executive-in-residence/venture advisor at Crosslink Capital Ltd. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sargent held various executive and management positions at Veeco Instruments, Voyan Technology, Gasonics, Tencor Instruments and Digital Equipment Corporation. 

Ms. Sargent holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University and has completed advanced coursework and executive graduate programs at the Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD, Lausanne. She and serves on the Board of Directors of Northeastern University Corporation and is a member of their Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering.


  • 2.30pm Research Poster Session - South Cloisters and Main Quad Events Venue, Wilkins Building and Main Quad
  • 5.00pm Reception - South Cloisters, Wilkins Building
  • 5.30pm Lecture - Jeannine Sargent - Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre


If you wish to attend you must register for this event.

About the Barlow Memorial Lecture

The Barlow Lecture is held in memory of Harold Everard Monteagle Barlow (1899-1989) who was the Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL from 1950 to 1967. He invented the H01 millimetre waveguide and is remembered for his many contributions to microwave research for which he was awarded the IEE Kelvin and J J Thompson Premiums, the Faraday Medal, the URSI Dellinger Gold Medal and the IEEE Kelly Prize.