This year’s focus will be on global mega-engineering initiatives that often are not recognized as engineering.
***Watch the webcast from this webpage October 9-10***
Sunday, October 9: NAE Chair Gordon R. England will give opening remarks, followed by the president’s address and then the induction of 80 new members and 22 foreign members who were elected in February. We will present the Simon Ramo Founders Award, the Arthur M. Bueche Award, and the Bernard M. Gordon Prize Lecture. We will also show the winning videos from the Engineering for You (E4U3) video competition and present the winners with their awards. A very special award will be presented for all to appreciate and enjoy.
The afternoon program will feature three plenary lectures that illuminate mega-engineering in diverse areas: space, particle physics, and the environment. Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX, will talk about the company’s vision for a Mars mission. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, former general director of CERN, will discuss the remarkable engineering required throughout the Large Hadron Collider mission and responsible for its ultimate great success. And Robert Nicholls, professor of coastal engineering at Southampton University, will speak on engineering adaptation to sea level rise throughout the world, setting the stage for the forum Monday morning.
Monday, October 10: The NAE business session will be followed by the forum, where an expert panel will discuss Adaptation to Sea Level Rise from different global perspectives.
President, National Academy of Engineering
Mega-engineering Initiatives & the Grand Challenges for Engineering
52nd National Academy of Engineering Annual Meeting
It is my privilege to welcome all our members, foreign members, and friends to this year’s annual meeting of the National Academy of Engineering. I extend an especially warm welcome to our newly elected members and foreign members and can assure you that this induction day, just like last evening’s dinner, will be one you will remember. And I would be remiss for not extending a special welcome to all the spouses who so graciously support our service to the academy.
Today, I will divide my remarks between the themes of the meeting, mega-engineering initiatives and the academy’s Grand Challenges for Engineering, which is a mega-engineering initiative too.
People have long been inspired by mega-engineering initiatives, whether they involve landing humans on Mars, identifying subatomic particles, ...