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Marny Skora
(Phone 757/864-3315, 757/344-6111 mobile)
RELEASE : 05-052
2020: Engineers Say 'It's Sooner Than You Think'

The National Academy of Engineering has embarked on a two-year, two-phase study to forecast future conditions and possible world situations that the engineer of 2020 may face. Their project is appropriately titled The Engineer of 2020.

Rapid technological change, globalization, growing population, increasing environmental issues and looming shortages are changing the practice of engineering. Will the students in today's engineering programs be prepared for the world of 2020? What changes need to be made to the engineering curriculum to ensure that the engineers of 2020 are prepared to deal with that world?

Georgia Tech's Dr. Gary S. May will address these and other questions at a colloquium titled "The Engineer of 2020" at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 1, at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton.

Media Briefing: A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. at the Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd, NASA Langley Research Center. Members of the media who wish to speak to Dr. May should contact Marny Skora at 864-3315 or 344-6111 (mobile) to arrange for credentials and entry on to the Center.

Dr. May holds the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His field of research is computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits. He has authored over 200 technical publications and contributed to 14 books on that topic.

Dr. May has a special interest in engineering education. He created the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering and Science program that encourages minority students to do research at Georgia Tech as an incentive to pursuing graduate degrees.

He is also the creator and director of a follow-on program through which 138 minority students have received doctoral degrees in science or engineering at Georgia Tech.

Dr. May earned a bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkley. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers.


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