The Grainger Foundation Provides Major Grant for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Program


Thu, May 01, 2008

Washington, DC, May 01, 2008 —

The Grainger Foundation Provides Major Grant for NAE Frontiers of Engineering Program


WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced today a three-year, $3 million grant from The Grainger Foundation to support NAE's Frontiers of Engineering symposia. The symposia celebrate excellence in engineering by recognizing outstanding early-career engineers and the cutting-edge work they perform in universities, industry, and government labs.


"The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together young engineers for eclectic symposia on topics that cut across disciplinary boundaries to transfer knowledge and techniques, encourage collaboration, and exchange ideas that can foster U.S. innovation," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for their support of this important and exciting program."


Begun in 1995 for U.S.-based engineers, the Frontiers of Engineering program now includes bilateral meetings of U.S. engineers with engineers from Germany, Japan, and India. The Grainger Foundation grant will help sustain these symposia and allow expansion of the program to include symposia with China and additional countries in Europe.


"The Grainger Foundation and NAE share a strong common interest in supporting interdisciplinary engineering research and technical work in order to promote innovation and ensure the technological health of the nation," said the foundation's president David W. Grainger.


Attendees of the symposia, who are under the age of 45, are competitively selected and represent the engineering leaders of tomorrow. The symposia span 2-1/2 days and provide a unique opportunity for these future leaders to network and learn about cutting-edge developments in fields other than their own. Approximately 100 engineers are invited to attend each year's U.S. meeting, and 30 from each country attend the two-nation symposia. The bilateral meetings provide a window for U.S. engineers to learn about developments at the forefront of technology in the global marketplace.

In addition to The Grainger Foundation, additional sponsors of the Frontiers of Engineering symposia include government and corporate entities. The Grainger Foundation, located in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by Mr. and Mrs. William W. Grainger.

For more information about the Frontiers of Engineering program, go to

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Janet Hunziker
Janet Hunziker
NAE Senior Program Officer
Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering
Randy Atkins
Randy Atkins
NAE Senior Media Relations Officer
Media Relations, National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology.  Its members consist of the nation's premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.