2020 National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting

Registration Opened
September 25, 2020 AT 02:13 PM
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
  • 10:30 AM To 12:00 PM
    Orientation for the Class of 2020
Sunday, Oct 04, 2020
  • 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM
    Home Secretary's Meeting (by invitation)
  • 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM
    International Secretary's Meeting (for International Members & their guests)
  • 12:00 PM To 02:00 PM
    Public Program
  • 03:00 PM To 03:30 PM
    Awards Presentation
  • 04:30 PM To 06:00 PM
    Plenary Speakers
  • 06:30 PM To 07:15 PM
    Golden Bridge and Donor Recognition Society Virtual Event (by invitation)
Monday, Oct 05, 2020
  • 10:30 AM To 11:30 AM
    NAE Business Session
  • 12:30 PM To 02:30 PM
    The Forum: Engineering for Pandemics: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
  • 03:30 PM To 04:30 PM
    Special Lecture: Racial Injustice and Lack of Equity
  • 05:00 PM To 06:00 PM
    Leverage Your Charitable Giving Options Under Recent Stimulus Legislation
Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020
  • 11:00 AM To 06:00 PM
    Section Meetings
Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020
  • A. Miguel San Martin
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Miguel San Martín was born in northern Patagonia, Argentina, and grew up in Buenos Aires. Inspired by the Apollo and Viking missions, he came to the United States to attend university and fulfill his dream of contributing to space exploration by working for NASA.

    His first job was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he is now ...

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  • James M. Tien
    National Academy of Engineering

    Jim Tien is currently the Faculty Ombudsperson, as well as a distinguished professor and dean emeritus at the College of Engineering, University of Miami, where, as dean (2007–15), he doubled the number of women faculty, research expenditures, and undergraduate enrollment, and significantly boosted enrollments at both the master’s and ...

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  • Corale L. Brierley
    National Academy of Engineering

    Corale L. Brierley is principal and founder of Brierley Consultancy LLC (1991–present), which provides technical and business consultation to the mining and chemical industries and government agencies. Previously, she was chief of environmental process development for Newmont Mining Corporation (1990–91), general partner at VistaTech ...

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  • Elana Lippa
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  • Martin B. Sherwin
    National Academy of Engineering

    Martin B. Sherwin is a retired vice president of W.R. Grace, which he joined in 1980 and where he held various positions, including executive vice president of the Research Division, corporate vice president, and president of the Office of Commercialization (New Ventures). After retiring in 1998 he formed ChemVen Group Inc., a small consulting ...

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Engineering for Pandemics: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

“It’s as bad as anything can be…all the theatres and nearly all the shops and restaurants are closed, and the streets have been full of funerals all day and ambulances all night.” 

                                                – Katherine Anne Porter, Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939)

Those words were written about the influenza pandemic of 1918. The description was tragically accurate a century later, as a novel coronavirus, covid-19, swept the world in a matter of weeks. Lives and livelihoods were ended, businesses and global supply chains were disrupted, national and local economies tanked. Healthcare and other workers deemed essential were pressed into service with inadequate protection, risking their health and that of their families. Educators scrambled to complete the academic year. Socioeconomic and racial disparities led to differential impacts. Governments at all levels struggle to make the best decisions with conflicting information and limited resources. The long-term consequences are as yet unknown.

Despite experiences with the 1918 flu and other, more recent diseases that spread quickly (e.g., SARS, AIDS, MERS), nearly everyone was caught unprepared by covid-19. What lessons need to be learned to prepare effectively for future pandemics? Experience shows that they will surely occur, especially as the world gets “smaller” and more interconnected through travel and trade.

At this year’s NAE annual meeting, the plenary speakers and technical forum panelists will offer their perspectives on such health scourges, their impacts, and the role of engineering in preparing for and addressing them.

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     Introduction of the Class of 2020

    In February 2020 the members of the NAE elected 86 new members and 18 new international members. Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions conferred on engineers. The main criteria for membership in the National Academy of Engineering are outstanding personal contributions and accomplishments in one or both of the following categories:
    1. Engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature.
    2. Pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education, or providing engineering leadership of major endeavors,

    PostedSeptember 25, 2020

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    During 2019, the CHR advocated in support of 100 colleagues in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East suffering serious human rights abuses as a consequence of their professional work and other internationally protected activities.

    PostedSeptember 25, 2020