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By Dr. Charles Geschke, Co-Founder, Adobe Systems Incorporated
5:00-7:00 p.m. Pub Talk starts at 6:00 p.m.
Open to the public

By the middle of the 21st century, the computer industry may have evolved to a state much like the "rustbelt" industries that were the economic engine of the first half of the 20th century. Given the current economic condition of the country and new leadership in the White House, it's time to plan how to invest for the future. Mr. Charles Geschke will provide a brief reflection on how the United States has laid the groundwork for the computer revolution and how it can provide a model for the future.


Charles Geschke co-founded Adobe Systems in 1982 with John Warnock. A respected and inspiring leader in the software industry for more than 25 years, Dr. Geschke retired from his position as President of Adobe in 2000 and continues to share the chairmanship of the board with Dr. Warnock.

Prior to co-founding Adobe Systems, Dr. Geschke formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1980, where he directed research activities in the fields of computer science, graphics, image processing, and optics. Previously, he was a principal scientist and

researcher at Xerox PARC's Computer Sciences Laboratory. Many industry and business leaders have honored Dr. Geschke for his outstanding technical and managerial achievements including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Carnegie-Mellon University, the National Computer Graphics Association, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2000, Dr. Geschke was ranked the seventh most influential graphics person of the last millennium by Graphic Exchange magazine.

Dr. Geschke actively participates on several boards of high technology companies, educational institutions and arts organizations. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Government-University Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Geschke also serves on the computer science advisory boards of Carnegie-Mellon University and Princeton University, the Board of Trustees for the University of San Francisco and the Board of Directors of Rambus, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University and a M.S. in mathematics and a A.B. in classics, both from Xavier University.


Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated ( builds award-winning software solutions for Web and print publishing. Its graphic design, imaging, dynamic media, and authoring tools enable customers to create, publish and deliver visually-rich content for various types of media. The company's products are used by Web and graphic designers, professional publishers, document-intensive organizations, business users, and consumers. Adobe is the third largest PC software company in the U.S., with annual revenues of $1 billion. It employs over 2,600 employees worldwide and has operations in North America, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Japan and Latin America. Adobe's worldwide headquarters are in San Jose, California.