The 2013 NAE National Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7, at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California. The Members Meeting starts at 11:00 AM PST in the Beckman Center Auditorium and will be followed by lunch at Noon in the Center's Refectory.
The NAE National Meeting will honor NAE President Charles M. Vest. The featured speakers will include Charles O. Holliday Chair, National Academy of Engineering and Chairman, Bank of America, Yannis Yortsos, Dean, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, and presenters from the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposia who are recipients of the Gilbreth Lectureships. The Gilbreth Lectures were established in 2001 by the Council of the NAE as a means of recognizing outstanding young engineers. The program will be moderated by Maxine L. Savitz, Vice President of the NAE.
As we have in the past, we are working with the Assistant Vice Chancellor at UC-Irvine and the CAMP Program Director to identify middle school and high school students and some recent entrants to UCI, who are interested in careers in engineering or science. We will invite approximately 100 such students to have lunch with us, attend the program and stay on for the reception. We talk a lot about the importance of getting young people, particularly underrepresented groups, interested in engineering and science.
The National Meeting provides an opportunity for you to have an impact on a young person's life by talking with them about what a career in engineering is like. The members who attended last year enjoyed immensely the opportunity to welcome the youngsters, to chat with them about their own experiences in engineering, and to encourage the students to pursue careers in science and engineering. The students came coached and primed to ask questions at both the symposium and of the NAE members, who commented that they wished more members had been available to chat with the students.