Oct. 31, 2003

SMU School Of Engineering To “Put A Face On The Future” As Host Of The 2004 National Science Foundation Research Conference

DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU School of Engineering will host the 2004 National Science Foundation Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference, “Putting a Face on the Future: Engineering Emerges from the Lab,” Jan. 5-8, 2004 at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel.

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation has been the sponsor of this conference for more than 27 years, which, in the beginning comprised only 75 people with research grants, who met on a university campus. The 2004 conference, with over 600 in attendance, is North America’s largest gathering of researchers in this field.

“The SMU School of Engineering is delighted to host this very prestigious event. To have a meeting with the top researchers in this area is indeed an honor,” says Stephen Szygenda, dean of the SMU School of Engineering. “We are sure that the interactions and results from this conference will be rewarding for all.”

This year’s conference focuses on three aspects of humanizing engineering:

  • Connecting with cognitive sciences to enhance human performance
  • Connecting with social and behavioral sciences to facilitate positive acceptance of change
  • Building engineering education infrastructure to ensure continual growth.

Selected speakers representing industry, academe, national laboratories, consortia and federal agencies will examine topics relevant to the future of design and manufacturing research. Conference attendance is open to the public and industry representatives are encouraged to participate.

For more information on the conference, please visit http://engr.smu.edu/nsf2004/announce.htm.