30 Years of NSF Engineering Research Centers

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In honor of 30 years of new knowledge, innovation and technology created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers, members of the press are invited to an event on Capitol Hill on October 28, 2015 jointly sponsored by the NSF, IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and the Optical Society of America. The Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) program was originally developed in 1984 with the mission of removing disparity between academic and industrial engineering applications. In this way, engineering students would, theoretically be better prepared to enter the engineering workforce. ERCs are university-led institutions developed through the NSF Directorate of Engineering. While ERCS are initially funded by the NSF, they are expected to be self-sustaining within 10 years of being funded. ERCs work to transform our economy, health and security through integrating engineering research and education with technological innovation. Countless research outcomes are the result of initial investments in 67 Centers nationwide since the program’s inception which has led to more than 193 spin-off companies and more than 739 patents. On October 28, 16 current NSF-supported Centers will showcase demonstrations and research findings related to engineering discovery, technologies and tools that have resulted in high-impact achievements and which address national priorities. Students traditionally present posters highlighting their research at the conference that ERCs hold each year for their industry partners. Three finalists from the program’s Perfect Pitch Contest will explain their research in regards to societal needs and the broader impact of their success.

Last Modified: 2015/11/12