Public Understanding of Engineering: A planning workshop to explore ways to move the needle

Public Understanding of Engineering: A planning workshop to explore ways to move the needle

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April
18
2022
to
April
21
2022
Virtual
Speakers
  • Beth Cady
    National Academy of Engineering

    Dr. Elizabeth T. Cady is a Senior Program Officer and Director of the Practices for Engineering Education and Research (PEER) program of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). PEER conducts studies, workshops, and other activities focused on equitable and inclusive engineering education writ large and related research at the precollege and ...

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  • Bill Hammack
    William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Bill Hammack is the William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work focuses on explaining engineering and technology to the general public. For a decade he broadcast commentaries on public radio, and over the last decade has developed a ...

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  • Latonia Harris
    Scientific Director, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson

    Latonia Harris holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Northwestern University) and a BSE in Chemical Engineering (University of Michigan).  Latonia began her career in biopharmaceutical R&D over 20 years ago.  She has been employed at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson for 17 years and is the Sr. Director ...

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  • Stephen Welby
    Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    Stephen Welby is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow ...

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  • Susan S. Margulies
    Assistant Director, Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation

    Dr. Margulies leads NSF's Directorate for Engineering in its mission to transform our world for a better tomorrow by driving discovery, inspiring innovation, enriching education, and accelerating access. The Engineering Directorate provides about 40 percent of the federal funding for fundamental research in engineering at academic ...

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This virtual event was held April 18 from 11 am - 3pm EDT, April 19 from 11 am - 2 pm EDT and April 21 from 2 pm - 5 pm EDT.

As the nation’s dependence on engineering continues to grow, there is little evidence that the public understanding of engineering in the U.S. is growing with it. The purpose of the Public Understanding of Engineering planning workshop is not to “solve the problem” over the course of three days, but rather to bring together thought leaders spanning industry, academia, professional societies, policy makers, media, and communication to explore key questions that will provide guidance to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) on potential paths forward. This NAE Member-Led Event will be structured around key questions including:

  • What stakeholders and audiences can play a strategic role in shaping the public awareness, perception, and understanding of engineering? 
  • What are promising approaches/actions to moving the needle? A broader communications agenda through the NAE’s new Office of Outreach and Communications? An NAE study to take stock of where we are and develop a roadmap for moving ahead? Broad-based or focused media campaigns? A new action collaborative of stakeholders? Sequences or combinations of approaches? Coordinated action or distributed action? No action?
  • How do we measure success?
  • What are next steps?