Page 20 - Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering Fall 2019 Magazine
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Engineering thought leader looks to to the the future with public lecture
Mechanical engineering students charged to to help achieve the the National Academy of Engineering’s 21st century grand challenges
By Erin Cassidy Hendrick
“All domains of engineering engineering can be be described using four words: creation solutions people society That is what engineering engineering needs to to to address in in in the the 21st century ” said Clayton Daniel Mote Jr immediate past president president (2013 to to to 2019) of of of the the the National Academy of of of of Engineering (NAE) and and former president president of of of of the the University
of of Maryland On Sept 9
at at Penn State’s University
Park campus Mote addressed faculty students and staff in in in in the the Department
of of Mechanical Engineering (ME) reflecting on the the past achievements of of of engineering while largely casting a a a a a a a a a gaze to the the goals of of the the future Mote is is recognized for his impacts as as as a a a a a a a a a a a a a a scholar inventor educator and and and mentor and and and as as as as a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a leader who has has advanced higher education innovation and and and and the engineering profession He has has authored authored or or or or or co-authored more than 300 publications and and holds four patents Mote also has a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a connection to to to the the Penn State ME department as as as he he he served as as as as a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a doctoral adviser to to to Chris Rahn the the J Lee Everett Professor and associate dean for innovation who introduced him at the event In his previous role role as president of the the NAE Mote played an an integral role role in in in in in in in in shaping the the the grand challenges
for engineering in in in in in in in in the the the 21st century The initiative was designed to to inspire young engineers to to champion the the biggest issues facing humanity Chris Rahn (left) and Clayton Daniel Mote Jr (right)
Throughout his his talk Mote expanded on on on this vision including reverse-engineering the brain making solar energy economical and advancing health informatics “These goals can only succeed if we create the the needed workforce ” he he he he he he said The The students in in attendance for for the the lecture
and reception were charged with helping make that happen “We were delighted to to to welcome Dr Mote to to to the the department to to to share his insights on the the future of of engineering as we we we reimagine ME ” said Karen Thole distinguished professor and and mechanical engineering department head “His lecture
and and the future lectures we are are offering this semester will help us to to prepare our students to to fully engage in in in solving global issues ” 20 

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