The following section presents an overview of George Bugliarello’s professional career and his accomplishments while at NYU-Poly (formerly Polytechnic University). Next is a review of his scientific, engineering, and professional contributions, including the biosoma, his rethinking of urbanization and engineering for a sustainable future, urban security and adaptive response, and the urban knowledge park, exemplified by Brooklyn’s MetroTech. We then offer personal reflections from George’s distinguished academic, professional, and administrative collaborators.
George Bugliarello—president (1973–1994), professor, and chancellor (1994–2003) of Polytechnic Institute of NYU—was an engineer and educator with a broad background, as indicated in the list of subjects above. He held a doctor of science degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was awarded honorary degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Trieste, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Pace University, Trinity College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Minnesota.
At the time of his passing, Dr. Bugliarello was serving his second four-year term as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), to which he was elected in 1987. He was a lifetime national associate of the National Academies and served as chair of the NAE Council’s International Affairs Committee. He was also active in many National Academies projects and activities. He chaired the study on Sustainable Habitats: Innovation and Technology to Meet Megacity Challenges, Committee on the US-Iran Workshop on Science and Technology and the Future Development of Societies, Board on Science and Technology for International Development, and Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. He was also a member of the Committee on Counterterrorism Challenges for Russia and the United States, Joint Consultative Committee for the US-Egypt Program, Committee on Science Education K–12, and Committee on Human Rights.
For the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he chaired the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee, Advisory Panel for Technology Transfer to the Middle East of the Office of Technology Assessment, and Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy.
Dr. Bugliarello’s international experience included consultantships abroad for OECD, as reviewer of the science policy of several countries, and