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Pittsburgh in focus at National Engineering Forum

PITTSBURGH  (Oct. 1, 2014) ... The National Engineering Forum (NEF) is in Pittsburgh today to celebrate the city's engineering leadership and foster actionable discussions on sustaining America's engineering enterprise. Partnering with NEF, Carnegie Mellon University Dean of the College of Engineering and Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering James H. Garrett Jr. and University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering and Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Gerald D. Holder are bringing together executives from industry, academia, government and other sectors to participate in an outcome-oriented dialogue on the challenges facing American engineering.

"Pittsburgh has long served as a galvanizing force for our nation's engineering enterprise," said Jeff Wilcox, vice president of engineering for Lockheed Martin, a founding partner in NEF. "This movement is dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of that enterprise by bringing together regional leaders to address what we call the 3Cs, the challenges of capacity, capability, and competitiveness."

Today's Pittsburgh dialogue at Carnegie Mellon is the eleventh in NEF's regional dialogue series held in cities across America that have a prominent role in shaping the nation's engineering heritage and its future.

"NEF dialogues help to not only continue the conversation in academia, government and industry, but also change it and challenge it," said Holder. "Engineering plays a critical role in our daily lives and it is independent of international borders, so future engineers must be even more competitive than their counterparts."

Pittsburgh's engineering role has evolved from being known as a steel town to a city where, today, 1,600 technology companies - from huge corporations to hot new start-ups - maintain Pittsburgh offices, and 29 percent of Carnegie Mellon University students are enrolled in the College of Engineering. The University of Pittsburgh is nationally recognized for the diversity among its engineering students.

"As academic leaders and engineers, part of our responsibility is to show middle and high school students the wonders of engineering, and then academically prepare them," said Garrett. "By sharing the significant role engineers play in delivering creative solutions to society's challenges, we will naturally attract more-and-more diverse young people to exciting and fulfilling careers in engineering."

NEF participants represent stakeholder groups that are in the best position to address the 3Cs and enable a dynamic view of the past, present, and future of American engineering. As NEF builds this community of action, the movement will culminate in a national cornerstone event.

"The National Engineering Forum is about elevating American awareness of the impact and contribution of engineering," said Chad Evans, executive vice president of the Council on Competitiveness - a NEF founding partner. "Pittsburgh is a key player in American progress and an industrial hub with a rich industry heritage in coal mining, steel, and glass production. We are excited to have their engineering voice represented as we continue to build the NEF movement."

About the National Engineering Forum
The National Engineering Forum (NEF) brings together leaders concerned about the sustainability of the United States' engineering field and the impact on the nation's security and prosperity. NEF involves industry executives, academics, policymakers, media, engineering societies, and nonprofits to develop solutions to the challenges facing the U.S. engineering enterprise. For more on NEF, visit  www.nationalengineeringforum.com  or follow on Twitter @NatlEngForum.