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NSF Engineering: Four Decades of Creating the Future

Join as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the NSF Directorate for Engineering

May 10, 2021 11:00 AM  to 
May 10, 2021 1:00 PM
NSF (virtual)

Save the Date

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

Register to attend.

Distinguished leaders will share their insights on the past, present, and future of engineering. Special guests include:

  • Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, NSF Director (2020- )
  • Dr. John Slaughter, former NSF Director (1980-1982)
  • 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- )

See the event program and more materials.

After the Anniversary event, we invite current and former NSF Engineering staff (including rotators) to an informal, virtual reunion. The reunion will be from 1:15 to 2:30 PM Eastern on May 10. Sign up to receive reunion information.

Meeting Type
Symposia, Webcast

Cecile J Gonzalez, (703) 292-8538, email:

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Directorate for Engineering
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Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities
Engineering Education and Centers
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships