USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

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As a founder and organizer of the upcoming inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, I’m in frequent contact with a wide range of teachers, students, innovators, community leaders, entrepreneurs and decision makers in science and technology across the country. One thing that I continue to learn from these experiences: There is a growing need out…

It’s funny what inspires one toward a career in science or engineering. Kary Mullins who earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993, says it was the experience of growing up in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina that did it for him. There, in a more simple and idyllic…

Let’s face it, we as a society have a limited, even poor, image of scientists and engineers. For instance, just ask the average fifth-grader to draw his or her perception of a scientist and you’ll most likely be given a depiction of a white male with wild Einstein-like hair, eccentric habits and attired in a…

Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley said, “By the year 2010, 90 percent of the world’s scientists and engineers will live in Asia.” Right now, 85 percent of people being trained in the advanced physical sciences in the U.S. are here on temporary education visas from abroad. Many of them end up going home and taking all…

Does Science Need a Jingle?

A few months ago, I told a well-connected colleague about the USA Science & Engineering Festival. He asked me how he could help and I suggested he help us spread the word. Well, he enthusiastically sent out a blast and I was copied on his email to about forty scientists. One of the recipients responded…

It’s Just Engineering

I remember, all too painfully, in many of my high tech and life science start-ups, a common refrain from the scientists would be, “We got the device to work….it’s just engineering from here.” Then, invariably – millions of dollars later – I would learn (as the CEO): that’s when the hard work really begins. It’s…

Tip 1: Capture the High Ground (Convene the best and brightest in the field) As the Science Festival movement grows, I am often asked about “best practices” in setting up a local Science Festival. So I decided to write a series of short blog posts about the know-how I have accumulated. Please take all of…