Attendance at the meeting is by invitation-only following a competitive selection process.
A nominations mailing is sent each February to CTOs, professors, NAE members, heads of government labs, and others. We also get names of winners of "early career" engineer awards from professional engineering societies, NSF, ONR, and foundations. FOE alums can also nominate individuals to attend. Nominees should possess the following characteristics:
- be between the ages of 30 and 40, or at most, 45;
- have demonstrated accomplishment in engineering research and technical work with recognizable contributions to advancing the frontiers of engineering;
- be interested in engineering developments in other fields and able to consider how advances, techniques, and approaches in those areas relate to the nominee's own field;
- possess the potential to be a future leader in the U.S. engineering endeavor.
The nominated individuals are contacted and asked to send an application if they are interested in being considered for invitation. Once the applications are in, the organizing committee assists in the selection of the invitees, considering the research of applicants and ensuring an appropriate balance of engineering fields, institutions, geographic representation, etc.
If you are interested in applying, you must first be nominated by someone (a nominator), preferably a more senior individual who is familiar with your research or technical work.
To submit the name of a nominator, or if you would like to be a nominator, please fill out the nominator contact information form online. NAE members are automatically contacted for nominations; therefore, if the nominator is an NAE member, it is not necessary to fill out this form.
If you have any questions, contact Janet Hunziker, Senior Program Officer.