Distinguished Lecture

Location: Torgersen 2150
Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 11:15AM - 12:30PM
This talk is open to the general public.


Right now, we are entering a period of dramatic transformation like the world has never seen, a time of dramatic change that will make the industrial revolution look small.   Digital technology has changed the world, but we haven’t seen anything yet.   Buckle your seat belts; the best is yet to come.  This is an awesome time to be a young professional; a time when the boundaries between the physical, the analytical and the virtual worlds are disappearing because of advances in digital technology.   I will talk about a vision of how the next great phase of technology advancement will impact the world and how young professionals entering the workforce can prepare to use their talents to make a real and lasting impact on the world. 


Keith R. Sturgill is Vice President & CIO, Information Technology and Corporate Six Sigma for Eastman Chemical Company.

He is responsible for the strategy, use and delivery of information technology services to Eastman’s global businesses. He is also responsible for driving improvements and productivity across Eastman through the widespread use of Six Sigma methods and leadership.

Keith is a native of Wise, Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Tuck Executive program at Dartmouth College. He has served in various roles in multiple IT associations including America’s SAP User Group.

Keith joined Eastman in 1986 as a systems analyst. He has had various and growing responsibilities around implementation of enterprise wide technologies that have significantly impacted the strategies and bottom line of Eastman. In July 2007, he was promoted to VP and Chief Information Officer.

Keith lives in Kingsport, Tennessee with his wife, Linda.