The National Engineering Forum (NEF) is growing the movement, gathering grass-roots support across the country and adding more engineering hubs to the NEF map. This fall and winter, you’ll find regional dialogues happening in Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Madison, Wisc.
Regional dialogues provide an opportunity for local leaders from academia, industry, government and media to engage in solutions-oriented discussions to address three main challenges facing American engineering – the 3C’s: capacity of the engineering pipeline, capability of engineers to meet today’s complex challenges, and competitiveness of American engineering in a global economy.
The fall dialogue series kicks off October 1 in Pittsburgh with co-hosts University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The University of Pittsburgh has one of the nation’s oldest engineering programs and the Swanson School of Engineering is known for being on the cutting edge of biomedical engineering, energy and sustainability. Carnegie Mellon University is home to 48 National Academy of Engineering members and 28% of the student body is enrolled in the College of Engineering, also known as the Carnegie Institute of Technology.
On October 27, the Olin College of Engineering is hosting the Boston regional dialogue. Olin was founded in 1997 with the goal of radically changing engineering education through a creative hands-on approach to learning and a focus on technical innovation needed to solve real world challenges.
Three days later, on October 30, the University of Illinois hosts the Chicago regional dialogue. The College of Engineering at Illinois is one of the top five programs in the world, and its 80,000 alumni include the founders of YouTube, Bloom Energy, Grainger Industrial Supply, Tesla Motors, and PayPal, along with six astronauts and the CEO of BP.
On November 20, NEF heads south to Atlanta, where the Georgia Institute of Technology hosts a dialogue. Georgia Tech is a science and technology-focused research institution known for achievements in clean, sustainable energy research, discoveries in diseases and treatment, and advancements in national defense and security.
Arizona State University hosts the Phoenix regional dialogue on February 19, 2015. At ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, more than 13,500 students are enrolled in programs that focus on problem solving and teamwork, entrepreneurship, and engineering’s impact on society along with design and innovation.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rockwell Automation will host a dialogue in Madison. UW-Madison College of Engineering’s major research themes include transportation infrastructure, advancing healthcare, energy independence, advanced manufacturing, improving security and environmental sustainability. Rockwell Automation’s products help make other companies more efficient. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Rockwell is the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and was named one of Newsweek’s Top 10 Green Companies in the U.S.
As NEF crosses the nation gathering ideas, it is building the foundation for a well-informed, representative approach to solving the 3C’s and advancing America’s engineering enterprise.
A limited number of invitations are available for executive-level leaders. Get more information on attending a regional dialogue by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.