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The Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management
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Philadelphia, PA  19104


Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7 PM - 9 PM; Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and the Embassy of Chile are sponsoring a panel discussion on America’s role in the historic rescue of the 33 miners in Chile as part of a series of leadership programs in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibit on the rescue, “Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine;" (2nd floor, Hall of Gems and Minerals, East Wing, until September 2012). 

The event is co-sponsored by the Wharton Leadership Center, Knowledge@Wharton, and The Washington Post.

The panel discussion will be moderated Michael Useem, director of the Wharton Leadership Center, and it will include:

  • Ed Breiner, President, Schramm, Inc.  Schramm created the drill for the shaft that brought the 33 miners to the surface.
  • Dr. Michael Duncan, former Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Space Life Sciences, NASA.  A NASA team provided advice on medical, nutritional, and behavioral health issues during the rescue of the miners.  It also assisted in the design of the special rescue capsules that pulled the trapped miners up a 2000-foot shaft to the surface. 
  • Brandon W. Fisher, Chief Executive, Center Rock, Inc.  Center Rock created the drill head that pierced some 2,000 feet of rock harder than granite to reach the miners. 
  • Richard Soppe, Senior Drilling Application Engineer, Center Rock, Inc.

Tickets for the event are FREE of charge and open to the public – registration is required.  To register, click here.



The “Against All Odds” exhibition is at the National Museum of Natural History until May 2012. Exhibition Lead Sponsors include the Caterpillar Foundation, Caterpillar Global Mining, and Finning Chile S.A.