NSF's integrated portfolio of research, education and infrastructure has helped US universities become among the leading research institutions in the world. Combining graduate research and education enables US universities to speed technology transfer through the persons of their MS and PhD graduates who bring the latest skills, innovative mindsets and fresh networks of contacts to their new employers. While integrating research and education has helped put US universities in the first rank globally, the situation is changing. Other countries are adopting this approach of investing in research, education and infrastructure in computation/communications/informatics at their universities. This calls on us to adapt to a new era of leadership in which our future success will depend on several factors, including: our ability to learn to compete through collaboration; our success in tapping into the relevance of research to broaden participation in science and engineering; our focus on fueling transformative research that makes and breaks paradigms, often through the use of large facilities and multidisciplinary teams; and our commitment to ensure that American scientists can work with the best people and the best equipment, wherever they are in the world.
Arden L. Bement, Jr. has served as the Director of the National Science Foundation since 2004. He previously was Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 2001 to 2004. Before coming to NIST, he served as the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and head of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. He also had been director of the Midwest Superconductivity Consortium and the Consortium for the Intelligent Management of the Electrical Power Grid. He had also been on the National Science Board and chaired various groups of the National Research Council. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Before coming to Purdue he had been vice president of technical resources and of science and technology for TRW Inc., Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Director of the DARPA Office of Material Science, and a professor at MIT. He holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a master's in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan.
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