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Dr. Lowell Catlett, Ph.D., a futurist with positive and upbeat predictions, is an enthralling and spellbinding presenter.  His unique perspective of emerging technologies prepares us to anticipate coming changes, and to deal winning hands when the deck is being continually reshuffled.

He awakens our awareness to human potential even in changing times and shifting terrain.  Lowell was a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University until he retired in 2015.

He is the author of numerous books and articles and won the university’s highest award to a professor, the Westhafer Award.  He works nationally and internationally with corporations and organizations doing futuristic planning concerning the impacts of technology on careers, lifestyles and the economy.

Lowell also works with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Defense, Education, Energy and the World Bank.  Lowell has been a visiting professor or delivered invited presentations at over 50 universities including Harvard, MIT, Cornell and the University of Illinois.

Dr. Catlett’s Thoughts for 2019

The Technological Speedtrain has Departed—Get a Seat or Get Left Behind!

February 5th, 2019|Comments Off on The Technological Speedtrain has Departed—Get a Seat or Get Left Behind!

More new data is created every day than existed in the entire world less than 50 years ago—it took the telephone almost 50 years to reach 50 percent of the population—smart phones reached 50% in […]

Everybody’s Talking (and Everything!)

December 4th, 2016|Comments Off on Everybody’s Talking (and Everything!)

The world of artificial intelligence (AI) calls it cognition—when things communicate with each other. Others just say that things are getting “smarter”. The automobile of today is a perfect example. Lights […]

The On Demand Consumer

July 6th, 2016|Comments Off on The On Demand Consumer

Seldom does a technology stand-alone without creative individuals tweaking it to address a new consumer demand, often one that consumers didn’t know they wanted! The Internet is the best example—a communication tool for the […]

The Robots are Coming! The Robots are Coming!

May 17th, 2016|Comments Off on The Robots are Coming! The Robots are Coming!

But wait! They are already here and in record numbers. Robots are transforming everything from manufacturing to how we entertain. According to the International Federation of Robotics industrial robot sales has been […]


Dr. Catlett’s presentation was very well received by our attendees. The most common comment I was hearing was how nice it was to hear someone speak about agriculture and our roles with an optimistic perspective.

He was able to put “where we are” and “where we are going” into a context that everyone understood and related to. His presentation style was very captivating for the audience with his animated physicality and no PowerPoint slides. The themes he touched on set the tone for the rest of the week, with many of the presenters drawing on concepts that he had put forward and incorporating them into their own topics.

Dr. Lowell did exactly what Julian and I were hoping he’d do and more!

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