NAE Forum Summary on Unleashing Engineering Innovation

Posted on March 30, 2010. Filed under: engineering, innovation, manufacturing, science & technology, tech transfer | Tags: , |

“The financial crisis that began in 2008 is a stark demonstration that we as a nation take great risks when we build too much of our economy on a base that does not create real value  … making real products and providing real services.”

At its 2009 annual meeting the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) hosted a public forum called “Rebuilding a Real Economy: Unleashing Engineering Innovation”, to discuss the challenges facing America.  It has just released a summary of that forum, available on the National Academies Press website.  You can order a copy, read it online (I don’t recommend that) or order a free download.

The quick summary is – no single action can reenergize the U.S. innovation system.  Instead, a set of interconnected initiatives must be undertaken to accomplish the goal.  The report summarizes panel discussion in the following areas:

  • Key innovation sectors (research universities, entrepreneurs, national laboratories, and manufacturing)
  • Policy initiatives (energy policy, incentive prizes, the Singapore example, and education)
  • Prospects

Need similar information?  Perhaps I can help.

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