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  • NAE National Meeting Celebrates Women and Excellence in Engineering

    The NAE National Meeting, held May 4-5 in Irvine, CA, was a testament to how far engineering has come—both in the inclusion of women in engineering fields and in engineering advancements that shape our world.

  • Engineers are Unsung Heroes of Global Health

    Madhukar Pai, a contributing writer to Forbes, interviewed 27 engineers, from various corners of the world “to better understand the work they do, figure out what motivates them to take on global health challenges in resource-limited settings, and uncover some of the barriers they face in doing global health work.”

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    Fiza Shaukat is a native of Pakistan living in the United States. As a biomedical engineer, she was eager to improve her country’s medical devices and digital health strategies. She approached us in 2018 seeking expertise in clinical engineering, which focuses on the point-of-care intersection between the use of health technology and the expertise needed for optimal support and resource management.
  • image for Ensuring Human Control over AI-Infused Systems
    Human control over technology was a concern thousands of years ago when early humans sought to ensure safe use of fire. Later, control over horse-drawn wagons and eventually steam engines led to debates about how to make the most of their benefits while limiting dangers. Now questions of control are central in the design of AI-infused technologies, for which some advocates envision full machine autonomy while others promote human autonomy.
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    Today, more urgently than ever, we need to augment our thinking. The world faces enormous challenges of unprecedented complexity—problems that intertwine in a dizzyingly interconnected, interdependent, and changing landscape. Few of them—especially those dealing with energy, environment, and social structures—admit clean solutions with clear endpoints.
  • image for Technoscientific Research: A Missing Term in R&D Discourse
    Over the past decade there have been consistent alarm signals about US leadership in science and technology. Arguments often boil down to the need for additional funding for R&D. In this perspective, I reflect not on the well-justified need for such additional funding, but for more effective funding, especially in technoscientific research, a key engine of innovation.
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