2020 National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting

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August 12, 2022 AT 11:08 AM
Sunday, Oct 04, 2020
Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020
Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020
  • William B. Rouse
    McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

    Bill Rouse is a research professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy and senior fellow in the office of the senior vice president for research, both at Georgetown University; professor emeritus and former chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and principal at Curis Meditor, a firm ...

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  • Pam Cheng

    Pam Cheng joined AstraZeneca in 2015 as executive vice president of Global Operations and Information Technology (IT), guiding the company’s manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, and IT across 18 countries and leading a team of over 19,000. Under her leadership, AstraZeneca Global Operations has transformed significantly driving top ...

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  • David R. Walt
    Harvard Medical School

    David Walt is the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School, professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, and codirector of the Mass General Brigham ...

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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.

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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
  • Dr. John L. Anderson Dr. 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