Lt. General Clarence "Mac" McKnight, U.S. Army (retired), author of "From Pigeons to Tweets: A General Who Led Dramatic Changes in Military Communications"
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 3:00pm to Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 4:00pm

Technology and telecommunications have experienced dramatic changes and advancements during the last 60 years. The U.S. Department of Defense (e.g., Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, and ARPA) has played a significant role in the research and development of many technologies and telecommunications, which are widely used by everyone today.

Lt. General Clarence "Mac" McKnight, U.S. Army (retired), author of From Pigeons to Tweets, served in the Korean War when they used carrier pigeons to help communicate with troops, and eventually headed the U.S. Army Signal Corps worldwide. He addresses many developments from the past such as the intertwining of military communications with the military industrial complex and advocates for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. 

A 1952 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Gen. McKnight was honored as the West Point 2008 Distinguished Graduate Award.  Since his retirement in 1987, Gen. McKnight has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the National Science Center, Community Learning and Information Network, and National Trust for the Wounded Warriors, among others. 

PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science is pleased to welcome Gen. McKnight at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 15, for a lecture in the auditorium (Room 2500) of the City of Portland Development Services Building, 1900 S.W. Fourth Avenue. Gen. McKnight will be available to sign copies of From Pigeons to Tweets, which will also be available for purchase.

This free event is open to the general public.  Space is limited, so RSVP by sending an email to or leave a message at 503.471.1397.  For more information, please call Greg Hansen, 503.471.1397.