Putting a Face on the Future: Engineering Emerges from the Lab


As rapid advances in technology become more and more a part of everyday life, engineers must recognize the importance of connecting to broader society. A lack of understanding of science and engineering leads to loss of future engineers to professions with greater popular appeal, loss of funding support for future research, and at worst, irrational fears that close off future pathways. In contrast, knowledge creation and distribution are a critical part of a healthy democratic society - generating excitement, facilitating informed decisions, and counteracting misperceptions. This year's conference focuses on three aspects of humanizing engineering: (1) connecting with cognitive sciences to enhance human performance; (2) connecting with social and behavioral sciences to facilitate positive acceptance of change; and (3) building engineering education infrastructure to ensure continual growth.



You are cordially invited to attend the 2004 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference in Dallas, Texas,  January 5-8, 2004 at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel.  The conference is hosted by the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University.


Selected Speakers representing industry, academe, national laboratories, consortia and federal agencies will explore topics relevant to the future of design and manufacturing research and the SBIR programs nationally and internationally.  NSF will offer a proposal writing workshop and provide opportunities for one-on-one interaction with NSF program officers.  Tours of state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and of manufacturing laboratories will be a highlight of the conference.  Conference attendance is open to the public and industry representatives are particularly encouraged to participate.


The vision of National Science Foundation is "enabling the Nation's future through discovery, learning and innovation".  This conference focuses on the engineering and science base needed to design innovative products and systems, deliver high quality products and systems by discovering new manufacturing processes and responsive systems for the manufacturing and service enterprise, innovation of research to commercialization and education and employment of the diverse engineering workforce needed to thrive in a global economy.  With over 600 attendees during this event, this is North America's largest concentration of researchers in this field. The university attendees are at the forefront of education and research. Industrial attendees are often partners in these projects or are the entrepreneurs who take the research results to the marketplace.


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The National Science Foundation's Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation has been the common sponsor of this conference for over 27 years. It began with about 75 people who had research grants meeting on a university campus. Today, in addition to the representatives from NSF's Division of Design and Manufacture you will meet:


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Conference host:


Dr. Radovan Kovacevic

Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Southern Methodist University

1500 International Parkway, #100

Richardson, TX 75081

Phone:  (214) 768-4865

E-mail:  kovacevi@engr.smu.edu