The Frontiers of Engineering62 program brings together emerging engineering leaders (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of these meetings is to introduce these outstanding engineers to each other, and to facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders. There are four Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) meetings every year: the U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium held each year and a rotating schedule of FOE meetings with Germany, Japan, India, China, and the European Union. Examples from past symposia include visualization for design and display, nanotechnology, advanced materials, robotics, simulation in manufacturing, energy and the environment, optics, intelligent transportation systems, MEMS, design research, bioengineering, counter-terrorism technologies, and quantum computing.

The Committee on Comparative National Innovation Policies: Best Practice for the 21st Century was established in 2005 by the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP)63 to compare U.S. innovation policies with selected innovation programs in other countries, particularly national technology development and innovation programs designed to support research on new technologies, enhance the commercial return on national research, and facilitate the production of globally competitive products. The study includes a review of the goals, concept, structure, operation, funding levels, and evaluation of foreign programs that are similar to major U.S. programs, e.g.,, innovation awards, S&T parks, and consortia. To date the committee has produced summaries of symposia on innovation in India, Belgium, Japan, China, and the United States, as well as a volume on S&T research parks. A final report will be issued in 2012.

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62 For more information on the Frontiers of Engineering, see http://www.naefrontiers.org/.

63 For more information on STEP, see http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/step/.



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