Typically the White Symposium focuses on the work of the most recent inductee in the Clark School's Innovation Hall of Fame.
About Charles and Helen White
This significant academic event is made possible through a generous endowment by Distinguished Alumnus Charles M. White, and his wife, Helen White.
Charles M. White graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1913 and married Helen Bradley five years later. White's career in mechanical engineering progressed rapidly. In 1930, he joined Republic Steel Corporation as assistant vice president of operations, and was elected chairman and chief executive officer in 1956, after serving 11 years as president. He is credited with many improvements in steel manufacturing. White received numerous awards and served both as a civic leader and as a trustee of many organizations. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1960.