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
  • 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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  • Beth Cady
    National Academy of Engineering

    Dr. Elizabeth T. Cady is a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She has worked on a variety of projects that examine and enhance systems for the formal, informal, and lifelong education of engineers. She is leading a project that will recognize and share innovative practices that improve diversity in undergraduate ...

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  • Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., M.B.A., is the Dean of Engineering and the Louis S. LeTellier Chair for The Citadel School of Engineering. He was formally the Associate Dean for the University of Kansas (KU) School of Engineering and the Charles E. and Mary Jane Spahr Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In his role, he is leading ...

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  • John L. Anderson
    National Academy of Engineering

    John L. Anderson is the president of the National Academy of Engineering since July 1, 2019.  He was born in Wilmington, DE, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in 1967 and a PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in1971, both in chemical engineering. He served as president of the ...

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  • Nicholas M. Donofrio
    IBM Fellow Emeritus and EVP Innovation & Technology, IBM (Retired)

    Nicholas M. Donofrio began his career in 1964 at IBM, where he remained for 44 years in increasingly responsible roles, including those of division president for advanced workshops, general manager of the large-scale computing division, and executive vice president of innovation and technology. 

    A member of several global technical ...

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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?
     
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