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Engineering summer fun

It’s time to heat things up and keep cool as we look at how engineers help make summer a season-long celebration of fun, from the Olympic games and thrill rides to diving deep and chilling out in your own backyard [read more]

College students take over-engineering to the next level, and the next, and then add on even more

NEF’s own Meagan Campion was among the judges at the collegiate-level Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio this spring. As the organization’s website defines it, a Rube Goldberg machine is “an overly complex contraption, designed with humor and a narrative, to accomplish a simple task.” Goldberg was trained as an engineer and was a prolific cartoonist, who created an estimated 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime, but never actually built one of the comically complicated machines. Teams honor his legacy and their own creativity with the annual competition to build the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine. The goal this year was to over-engineer a contraption that would open an umbrella. The University of Wisconsin Barron County Future Engineers took first place, the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers came in second, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign rounded out the top three.

NEF dialogue series drives solutions

Beginning in 2012, NEF regional dialogues served as the catalyst for robust discussions across the nation focusing on the challenges facing American engineering. Those conversations among engineers, academicians, leaders of business and industry, students, media, and government representatives generated dozens of actionable recommendations for addressing each of the 3C’s – Capacity, Capability, and Competitiveness.

NEF is now distilling those ideas down to their common themes to reveal actionable, practical ideas. Later this year we will publish a report summing up the entire dialogue series and issuing a call to action for each of us in our respective roles as engineers, business leaders, government officials and academicians. We are excited about the next phase of the National Engineering Forum and look forward to working with you to move from identifying challenges to implementing solutions.
Photos courtesy of RGMC


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What's your #Enspiration?

Starting this summer, we're asking “What’s Your #Enspiration?” Share your photos of those "A-ha" engineering moments with #Enspiration on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and celebrate how engineering makes a difference. And don't forget our other favorite hashtag, #IamAnEngineer for your selfies. Together we can elevate the conversation by making engineering more visible on social media.
We look forward to seeing your photos!


About us

In 2012, Lockheed Martin launched the National Engineering Forum in partnership with the Council on Competitiveness and the National Academy of Engineering, which share a common vision for transforming the way we perceive, experience, and prioritize engineering in this country. NEF is creating solutions for challenges facing the U.S. engineering enterprise – capacity, capability, and competitiveness – the 3C’s.

Our Engineering Challenges
The NEF 3C's

Capacity of our technical talent to fill current and future jobs

Capability of our engineering workforce to address 21st century challenges

Competitiveness of America on the world stage

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