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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. President, National Academy of Engineering

Posted by Steve Anderson on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. President, National Academy of EngineeringDan Mote is President of the National Academy of Engineering.  His science policy work includes serving on the committee that authored the National Academies’ “Rising above the Gathering Storm” report and chairing the committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and Their Effect on the U.S. National Security that published the report “S&T Strategies of Six Countries” among others. He is internationally recognized for his research on the dynamics of gyroscopic systems and the biomechanics of snow skiing.  He has produced more than 300 publications and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Mechanics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He is the 2005 recipient of the Founders Award from the National Academy of Engineering and the 2011 recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Medal in recognition of his comprehensive body of work on the dynamics of moving flexible structures and his leadership in academia.  He served as President of the University of Maryland for 12 years and on the University of California, Berkeley faculty for 31 years where he held an endowed chair in Mechanical Systems, was Chair of Mechanical Engineering, and served as Vice Chancellor.

National Academy of Engineering Video Contest
Engineering creates solutions serving the welfare of humanity and the needs of society. That’s what engineering is all about, but most people don’t see that right away. What this video competition is proposing for its contestants…is to create a one-to-two-minute video which will demonstrate the nexus between engineering and the welfare of humanity.

Engineering’s Purpose is to Benefit Humanity
I don’t think engineers have ever been good at explaining to the public what engineering is about…Most of the public thinks engineering is about things; it’s not actually about things, it’s actually about people and society. 

Where Did Our Engineers Go?
We have one of the smallest percentages of engineering graduates in our universities’ graduating classes of any country in the world…So the U.S. has to move to inspire more of our young people to be interested in engineering.

Acting Only After Disaster Strikes
We don’t address the problems when we have them if we can delay addressing them. Any of the big infrastructure projects, or many of them, come following a crisis….The idea of not serving infrastructure needs is endemic in our society.

The National Academy of Engineering: Leading Our Future Technology
The National Academy of Engineering…has a major responsibility to our country, essentially to its future, and to leading and advising on the development of engineering for the people and the society of our country.

Download full transcript (PDF): Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. on The Infra Blog

For more information on NAE’s video contest, or to enter, visit the official web page:
NAE's Engineering For You Video Contest

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