California Summit Addresses Globalization and Leadership in Engineering, Science and Mathematics

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National Science Foundation Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., will deliver the keynote address at this conference at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. Researchers and practitioners will address issues of globalization, diversity, interdisciplinarity and sustainability and a panel of college presidents will share insight into the role of higher education.

As the world shrinks and leadership in engineering, science and mathematics becomes increasingly global and diverse, what are the challenges facing higher education today?

These and other issues will be the focus of the conference, "The Future of Engineering, Science and Mathematics: Who Will Lead?" at Harvey Mudd College on Saturday, January 14.

National Science Foundation President Arden L. Bement, Jr., will open the conference with the keynote address. Following his remarks, individual talks and panel discussions by leaders in industry and the academy will address the issues of demographic trends, globalization, diversity, interdisciplinarity, sustainability, the role for liberal education, and the engineer of 2020.

A panel of five college presidents will conclude the program. They include Jon C. Strauss (Harvey Mudd College), George Campbell, Jr. (The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art), Richard Miller (Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering), Sheldon Schuster (Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences) and Hermann Viets (Milwaukee School of Engineering).

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will take place in Galileo Hall at Harvey Mudd College, 310 Platt Blvd., Claremont, CA.

For more information or to register on-line, visit: http://www.hmc.edu/fifty/events.html#conference

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