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Speeches and Presentations by Acting Director Arden L. Bement, Jr.

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March 29, 2004

"Diminishing Dimensions and Vanishing Boundaries: Endless Possibilities"
American Society for Engineering Education 2004 Engineering Deans Institute
Opening Session: "The Changing Dimensions of Engineering"
New Orleans, Louisiana

Dr. Arden L. Bement, Jr.
Acting Director
National Science Foundation

... These intersecting areas of "info, bio and nano" illustrate how the boundaries among science and engineering disciplines are becoming ever more blurred, and may even vanish, in time, from what we know today. As societal needs for engineered systems and products change, the reform of engineering curriculum must change just as rapidly and dynamically. The engineering community must keep abreast of national goals and strategies. If our nation intends to differentiate our economic strategy from those being followed in fast-developing economies--if we are to take a bold, innovative lead in such spheres as nano, bio and info tech, areas where no one else can compete--then U.S. engineers must be trained appropriately. They must be able to respond and adapt with dexterity to the new realities. ...

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September 17, 2003

Engineering Societies Diversity Summit II
Washington, DC

Dr. Joseph Bordogna
Deputy Director
National Science Foundation

"...Most of us would agree that U.S. engineering education is the best in the world. The frontier research of cutting-edge tools and skill sets that characterize our nation's engineering schools make them intellectual magnets, drawing students from every nation of the world. The result of this global concentration of engineers is the diffusing of new knowledge and technology across international borders, thus contributing to our common future on the planet. But this raises an obvious and sobering question. If U.S. engineering education is the greatest in the world, why aren't domestic students flocking to the engineering fold? "


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