A special workshop, Educating Engineers to Meet the Grand Challenges, was conducted at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., with help from AAES' Lifelong Learning Working Group. The two-day forum, on April 30 and May 1, 2014, focused on how to best prepare future U.S. engineers to meet the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges over the course of their careers. Also, implications were relayed to associations and others for educating practicing engineers and promoting lifelong learning.
- Learn more about the workshop (PDF) and the Grand Challenges.
- U.S. Engineering School letter of commitment presented to President Obama – March 24, 2015
- MOU - Engineering Societies’ Commitment to Educating Engineers to Meet the Grand Challenges
- AAES Visits White House:
- By invitation, on Tuesday March 24th, Wendy Cowan, AAES Executive Director and Cathy Leslie, EWB-USA Executive Director and co-chair of the AAES Lifelong Learning Working Group , attended a White House briefing with Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and Tom Kalil, the Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at OSTP. The previous day, Dr. C.D. Mote Jr., the president of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Dr. Tom Katsouleas, Dean of Engineering at Duke University, were able to present President Obama with the Grand Challenges MOUs which resulted from the AAES/NAE co-sponsored “Educating Engineers to Meet the Grand Challenges” Workshop held at NAE April 30, 2014. One MOU committed universities to activities in support of the Grand Challenges Scholars program and was signed by more than 120 Deans of Engineering; the other MOU originated within AAES to provide professional society commitment similar to that of the universities and was supported by AAES and seven of our Member Societies.