We started the National Engineering Forum in 2012 with a focus on highlighting the greatest challenges faced by American engineers and the profession at large, framed as the 3C’s of capacity, capability, and competitiveness. To explore the 3C’s, we set out on a regional dialogue tour across the country to gather ideas from many of the nation’s leading stakeholders – academics, business leaders, students, media, and advocates. We heard from countless dialogue participants about a need to celebrate engineers for the life-changing work they do. So, from 2015 on, we shone a spotlight on those who make incredible things happen, improve life, and positively impact national security and prosperity.
Since the time of NEF’s founding, we have seen increased energy around addressing the 3C’s from people like you in the engineering community. It’s time we bring the formal movement to an end and watch as your efforts take root and grow.
We appreciate the many hundreds of you who attended our 19 regional dialogues, the students and young professionals at NEFGen Meet-Ups, those of you we featured in our NEF Conversation newsletter series, and all who read those interviews with some of America’s most interesting engineering minds. We know that your time is precious, and we are grateful that you spent some of it with us these past seven years.
As we are the National Engineering Forum, it feels appropriate to sign off with a quote from the farewell address of America’s first engineer, President George Washington (please pardon the edit):
“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science engineering and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”
The National Engineering Forum