Opening Keynote | Innovations in Engineering and Engineering Education to Address Grand Challenges

Saturday, March 17
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It has been more than a decade since the National Academy of Engineering published The Engineer of 2020, a bold attempt to guide engineering education to evolve to meet the needs of the new millennium. Similarly, it has been nearly a decade since the NAE announced the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century, fourteen game-changing goals for improving life on the planet. Well, the engineering Class of 2020 arrived last year, and the world has never been in greater need of progress to address societal challenges in sustainability, human health, security, and infrastructure. What progress has been made? What new innovations remain on the horizon? This talk will explore these issues, with particular emphasis placed on the role of electrical engineering in meeting these challenges.

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   Gary May
   University of California, Davis                                                                              

As newly appointed chancellor of one of the world’s great public research universities, Gary S. May looks forward to boldly leading UC Davis to new heights in academic excellence, public service, diversity and upward mobility for all students.

He leads the most comprehensive campus in the University of California system, with four colleges and six professional schools that offer 104 undergraduate majors and 96 graduate and professional degrees. UC Davis enrolls about 37,000 students, brings in nearly $800 million annually in sponsored research and contributes at least $8 billion to California’s economy each year.

May became UC Davis’ seventh chancellor on August 1, coming from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he most recently served as dean of the College of Engineering – the largest and most diverse school of its kind in the nation.

An electrical engineer, computer science expert and proud UC alumnus (UC Berkeley ’88 and ’91), May has successfully developed and led national programs to attract, mentor and retain underrepresented women and ethnic minorities in STEM – the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The chancellor champions mentoring and diversity in higher education and the workplace. He enjoys helping others succeed, believing that success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others. In 2015, President Obama honored him with the Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring.

A native of St. Louis, May is married to LeShelle R. May, a computer engineer, and they have two daughters, Simone and Jordan, who are in college.


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