Watson School founding partner to deliver Toole lecture


An instrumental partner in the founding of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University, and honoree of an annual lecture sponsored by IBM in his name, will deliver the 2002 Patrick A. Toole Lecture on Engineering Leadership at 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, in the Watters Theater on the Binghamton University campus. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception.

Patrick A. Toole will discuss “The University as an Economic Engine. ” Toole began his career as an engineer at IBM Corporation in 1960. While at IBM, he held a number of appointments in development, information systems and materials management. As site general manager at Endicott, Toole played an important role in the founding of the Watson School at the University. He served as senior vice president and member of the corporate executive committee and Worldwide Management Council for IBM Corporation at the time of his retirement in 1997.

He has served as director of the American Planning Association and member of the Defense Manufacturing Board. Toole is also active in the promotion of engineering education and serves as advisory board members at Cornell, Syracuse and Notre Dame universities and as a trustee at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has lectured at a number of universities including Harvard Business School, Binghamton University and Cornell University.

Toole holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Detroit, a master’s degree in engineering administration from Syracuse University and was awarded doctoral degrees from Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, in 1997, and Notre Dame University in 2002.

The Patrick A. Toole lecture was established in 1998 by IBM-Endicott to recognize Toole’s contributions. It serves as an educational forum in which corporate leaders, who are also engineers, discuss issues related to the technical tasks of engineering as well as the challenges of management. 

For more information, contact Michelle Gardner at 607-777-6431.

Last Updated: 9/17/13