2020 National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting

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October
04
2020
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October
07
2020
October 14, 2020 AT 07:57 AM
Schedule
Sunday, Oct 04, 2020
Monday, Oct 05, 2020
Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020
Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020
Speakers
  • Sabina Alkire
    Oxford

    Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and is associate professor of development studies in the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, the capability approach, the ...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alton D. Romig, Jr.
    National Academy of Engineering

    Dr. Alton D. Romig, Jr. is the executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering. Under Congressional charter, the Academy provides advice to the federal government, when requested, on matters of engineering and technology. As executive officer, Dr. Romig is the chief operating officer responsible for the program, financial and ...

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At-a-Glance

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
    Date
    October 4, 2020
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    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
    Date
    October 4, 2020
    Subject
    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)
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  • 2020 Annual Meeting Program

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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

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