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This information is reposted from the erVa Voice newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 3

Engineering Research Visioning Alliance Newsletter

Sustainable Transportation Networks: New report, webinar highlighting key findings

Sustainable Transportation Networks Visioning Event Report

ERVA’s most recent visioning event report includes engineering-led research and innovation priority areas necessary to advance a future with fully sustainable transportation networks. It also aims to inspire researchers and funders (public, private, and nonprofit) to support and pursue these research priorities. The executive summary and full report can be found on ERVA’s website.

ERVA hosted a webinar May 24, 2023, to discuss the findings of report. The event featured Cathy Choi, chief sustainability officer and VP of engineering at ClearFlame; and Erin Bell, professor and chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, who co-chaired the ERVA visioning event that culminated in the report. The engineering research priorities discussed during the webinar were identified within four themes: infrastructure, vehicles and transportation modes, data, and our people and community. These are ripe directions for engineering research to lead and to enable sustainable transportation networks.

Watch the Recording and Download the Slides

Upcoming visioning event

Engineering Materials for a Sustainable Future

Engineering Materials for a Sustainable Future
July 25-26, 2023 | San Jose, CA

ERVA’s next visioning event will convene researchers and technology experts at IBM Research Almaden campus in San Jose to consider the theme of Engineering Materials for a Sustainable Future.

This visioning event takes a holistic approach to discussing sustainable materials from the design stage, through scale-up and manufacturing, to the end-of-use scenarios for three key industries: chemical manufacturing, construction, and single-use consumer products. This visioning workshop will unite researchers, industry leaders, policymakers, and investors to articulate materials engineering research priorities.

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Advancing R&D for distributed manufacturing

More than 50 researchers and technical experts from academia, industry, nonprofits, and national laboratories met in Knoxville, TN, on March 30-31 to ideate and articulate the technical challenges to create products and tools for distributed manufacturing anywhere, anytime, any place, and in any quantity. This is the democratization of distributed manufacturing, which promises to harness technical advances in data, real-time measurement, automation, and machine learning for manufacturing expansion, resulting in increased productivity and economic growth.

“The lingering supply chain and effects of the pandemic, along with the current geopolitical landscape, pull back the curtain on the national security risks the United States faces because of reliance on other nations to supply our production and manufacturing needs,” said Charles Johnson-Bey, ERVA co-principal investigator and senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton. “This event brought together a diverse group of the brightest minds in the nation to address the democratization of manufacturing that will enable small and medium manufacturers, which represent 98% of U.S. companies, to capture up to $500 billion of new manufacturing business and reduce the U.S. reliance on external capabilities.” Learn more about this ERVA visioning event.

You’re invited: ERVA Hosts Listening Session at TechConnect

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ERVA will conduct a Listening Session during the TechConnect World conference, June 19-20 in Washington. If you’re planning to attend, please join us and help us ideate engineering research priorities that advance U.S. R&D and solve society’s most vexing problems. You must be registered for TechConnect World to take part in the Listening Session. Register here for ERVA Listening Session at TechConnect.

Affiliate Partners Spotlight

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

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The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) focuses on increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers. AISES supports students through scholarships and events, and boosts professionals in STEM fields through professional development opportunities, networking, and events. The AISES National Conference will be held in Spokane, WA, Oct. 19-21. Learn more about American Indian Science and Engineering Society .

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, with more than 427,000 members in over 190 countries. Its 39 technical societies represent a wide range of electrical engineering interests, from aerospace to ultrasonics and vehicular technology. IEEE publishes an array of journals (more than 200 different titles) and is also very active in the professional events and standards development space. Learn more about Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant #2048419. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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