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4 decades of creating the future

The year 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the NSF Directorate for Engineering, which was established on March 8, 1981. From the beginning, the Directorate's support for engineering breakthroughs helped create the nation's future security, prosperity, and technological leadership.

Today, NSF continues to invest in fundamental engineering research across manufacturing, infrastructure, sustainability, health, and many other areas. These investments will continue Engineering's legacy in the decades to come.

Join Us for the May 10 Celebration

We invite you to celebrate four decades of creating the future on May 10, 2021, beginning at 11:00 AM Eastern time.

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Distinguished leaders will share their insights on the past, present, and future of engineering. Dr. Linda Blevins, NSF Deputy Assistant Director for Engineering, will be master of ceremonies.

Time Description
11:00 Welcome from Dr. Dawn Tilbury, NSF Assistant Director for Engineering
11:05 Remarks from Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, NSF Director (2020- )
11:20 Video interlude
11:25 Remarks from Dr. John B. Slaughter, former NSF Director (1980-1982)
11:40 Video interlude
11:45 Panel discussion with NSF Engineering leaders, past and present
Dr. Richard Buckius, former Assistant Director for Engineering (2006-2008)
Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, former Assistant Director for Engineering (2013-2016)
Dr. Thomas Peterson, former Assistant Director for Engineering (2009-2012)
Dr. Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director for Engineering (2017- )
Moderated by Dr. Leah Jamieson, Chair of the NSF Directorate for Engineering Advisory Committee
12:45 Video interlude featuring Dr. Frances Arnold
12:50 Closing remarks from Dr. Dawn Tilbury, NSF Assistant Director for Engineering
1:00 End of formal program

Join Us for the May 10 Reunion

After the anniversary celebration, we are offering an informal, virtual reunion for current and former NSF Engineering staff and rotators. Join us from 1:15 to 2:30 PM Eastern time and reconnect with colleagues and friends.

Sign up for the reunion