Symposium on Extraordinary Engineering Impacts on Society

Symposium Speakers

Thursday August 18 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time

Welcome Addresses

10:00 am – noon

John Anderson
President, National Academy of Engineering

Dan Arvizu
Chancellor; and Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, New Mexico State University System; Chair, Committee on Extraordinary Engineering Impacts on Society


Session I – NSF and its Role in Fostering Extraordinary Engineering Impacts on Society


William Boone Bonvillian
Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Departments of Science, Technology, and Society and Political Science; Senior Director, Special Projects, MIT Office of Digital Learning.

Thomas Woodson
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Stony Brook University, Department of Technology and Society


Curtis Carlson
Professor of Practice, Northeastern University; Executive in Residence, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Founder and CEO, Practice of Innovation

Cora Marrett
Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Jeffrey Yost
Director, Charles Babbage Institute for Computing, Information, and Culture and Research Professor in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


Session II – People Who Brought About Extraordinary Engineering Impacts on Society

12:30 pm– 5:00 pm

Lead Speaker

Pramod Khargonekar
Vice Chancellor for Research and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine


Gilda Barabino
President and Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Baratunde Cola
Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech

Susan Estrada
Founder, CERFnet [retired]

Paula Hammond
Institute Professor and Department Head of Chemical Engineering, Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Albert Pisano
University of California, San Diego

Maia Weinstock [speaking on Mildred Dresselhaus]
Deputy Editorial Director, MIT News, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Sarah Rajala
Professor Emeritus [E CPE]; James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering, Iowa State University


Edward Frank
Co-founder and CEO of Brilliant Lime Inc.; formerly, Vice President, Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering, Apple Inc.


Friday August 19 | 10:00 am – 6:20 pm (Eastern)

Keynote – Engineering’s Role in Creating Extraordinary Impacts on Society

10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Kristina Johnson
President, The Ohio State University

Keynote – Engineering Education – The Key to Creating the Next Generation of Extraordinary Impacts

Gary May
Chancellor, University of California, Davis


Session III – NSF Centers that Catalyzed Extraordinary Engineering Impacts on Society

Lead speaker

Kon-Well Wang
Stephen P. Timoshenko Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan


Gregory Deierlein
John A. Blume Professor in the School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Mark Humayun
University Professor of Ophthalmology; Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences; Director, Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics; Co-Director USC Roski Eye Institute; and Director of Sensory Science Initiatives, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Karen Lozano
Julia Beecherl Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Founder and Director of the Nanotechnology Center, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Veena Misra
Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Director, Nanosystems Engineering Research Center on Advanced Self-Powered of Integrated Sensors and Technologies, North Carolina State University

S. Shankar Sastry [accompanied by Larry Rohrbough]
Director, Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Professor of Bioengineering, and Thomas M. Siebel Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Michael Silevitch
Robert D. Black Professor and COE Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University


Theresa A. Maldonado
System-wide Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of California Office of the President

Session IV – NSF Processes that Fostered Extraordinary Engineering Impacts on Society

2:40 pm – 6:20 pm

Lead speaker

Andre Marshall
Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development and President of the George Mason University Research Foundation


Alice Agogino
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Squishy Robotics; Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and affiliated faculty with the Energy Resources Group, Women and Gender Studies, Development Engineering, and Studies in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Education; University of California, Berkeley

Cindy Atman
Director and Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair, Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching, and Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington

Rory Cooper
Distinguished Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology; Founding Director and VA Senior Research Career Scientist, Human Engineering Research Laboratories; University of Pittsburgh

Sarah EchoHawk
Chief Executive Officer, American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Harriet Nembhard
Dean, College of Engineering; Roy J. Carver Professor of Engineering; and Professor of Industrial Engineering; The University of Iowa

Arlyne Simon
Solutions Architect, Health, Education, and Consumer Industries group, Intel; Founder, Abby Invents LLC


Mona Minkara
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology; and Principal Investigator, COMBINE (Computational Modeling for BioInterface Engineering) Lab; Northeastern University College of Engineering

Sheri Sheppard
Richard W. Weiland Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University


Louis A. Martin-Vega
Professor and Dean of Engineering, North Carolina State University