2020 National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting

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February 08, 2021 AT 01:44 PM
Sunday, Oct 04, 2020
Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020
Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020
  • Donald C Winter
    National Academy of Engineering

    Donald Winter is an independent consultant, and former Professor of Engineering Practice in the departments of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he taught graduate level courses on systems engineering, satellite design, and maritime policy. He served as the 74th Secretary of ...

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  • Roger L. McCarthy
    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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  • Christopher King
    The Office of Congressional and Government Affairs (OCGA)
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  • 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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  • Paul McKenzie
    CSL Limited

    Paul McKenzie is chief operating officer of CSL Limited, a global biotechnology company with a portfolio of life-saving medicines, including those that treat hemophilia and immune deficiencies, as well as vaccines to prevent influenza. He leads the company’s global end-to-end operations organization and its accompanying strategy for ...

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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.

***Watch the Annual Meeting Webcast***

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.

Featured Speeches
  • John L. Anderson John L. Anderson
    October 4, 2020
    President's Address
    NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING John L. Anderson President’s Address Public Program October 4, 2020
    Speaker: John L. Anderson (National Academy of Engineering)
  • Donald C. Winter Donald C. Winter
    October 4, 2020
    Chair's Remarks
    NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING Donald C. Winter NAE Chair’s Address Public Program October 4, 2020
    Speaker: Donald C. Winter (National Academy of Engineering)
  • 2020 Annual Meeting Program

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    2020 ANNUAL MEETING, October 4–7, 2020 • Washington, DC Engineering for Pandemics. Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Quick Reference Schedule

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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,

    PostedOctober 3, 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.

    PostedOctober 2, 2020