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[SLIDE 1: Title] Good afternoon and welcome to the National Academy of Engineering's 2021 annual meeting. I’m John Anderson, president of the NAE, and it is my honor to address this very distinguished gathering and celebrate the introduction of our new members—the class of 2021.
This is our second year holding a virtual annual meeting. We are doing so out of an abundance of caution and concern for your health and safety. Thank you for pivoting to this online platform with us. And thanks to our wonderful staff for their hard work to make this a memorable meeting.
Thank you, Don Winter, for your service as chair and for your salient comments on the importance of recognizing the contributions of engineering.
Let me share some details about the historical significance of the NAE, the National Research Council, ...