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2009 NSF Engineering Research and Innovation Conference

About the Conference

This premier National Science Foundation (NSF) conference, sponsored by the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), focuses on research and education across the Division’s programs. The Division funds research on topics and issues that span civil, mechanical, and industrial engineering; engineering design; and manufacturing. The Division also focuses on the reduction of risks induced by earthquakes and other natural and technological hazards.

With an anticipated international attendance of 1,500 people from academe, industry, and government, content for the 2009 conference will be centered on the theme Research and Education in a Flat World and will address issues related to globalization, specifically in the context of research and education. The primary goals of the conference are to initiate a dialog between researchers, educators, funding agencies, and policy makers on enabling and sustaining global collaborations in research and education, and to address the challenges of collaborating across geographic, institutional, and cultural boundaries.

Conference activities will include more than 700 poster presentations, and plenary and breakout sessions on funding opportunities and proposal writing, research needs, opportunities, and best practices. The conference also will provide an excellent opportunity for networking between NSF grantees and their counterparts from the Pacific-Rim, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South American countries, to explore the opportunities for enhanced collaboration in the conduct of frontier research.

The Seventh George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Annual Meeting will be held jointly with the 2009 conference, with parallel sessions scheduled.