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June 12, 2013: Los Angeles on Center Stage at National Engineering Forum

Press Release
CONTACT: Megan Hazle - 213-821-5555 or hazle@usc.edu
June 12, 2013 —

This week, the National Engineering Forum (NEF) acclaimed Los Angeles’s engineering, innovation, and technology leadership, while also fostering conversations on the future of American engineering. The University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Dean Yannis C. Yortsos hosted leaders from academia, industry, government, and other sectors at an outcome-oriented NEF dialogue on Wednesday, June 11, to discuss the challenges facing American engineering.

“As home to cutting-edge engineering in industries ranging from entertainment to aviation, it is only natural that Los Angeles served as host for our third NEF regional dialogue this year," said Jeff Wilcox, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for engineering. "We are proud to partner with the Viterbi School of Engineering as we advance this conversation around the 3C's – the engineering challenges of capacity, capability, and competitiveness – that must be addressed to ensure our nation’s continued security and prosperity."

NEF dialogues are happening nationwide in cities that have both shaped the history of American engineering and are creating its future. Los Angeles has played a pivotal role in the American engineering story, with a heritage that includes the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the development of the space shuttle and the Mars rovers, the creation of the catalytic converter and the birth of the Internet. That spirit of creativity is thriving today in Los Angeles, particularly in aerospace engineering, clean technology, biomedical engineering and technological advances in the entertainment industry.

“Southern California graduates the largest number of engineers and computer scientists among any of the U.S. geographic regions. It is time that this talent finds in Southern California the creative entrepreneurial ecosystem that it needs to deploy its potential,” Yortsos said. “With the important role that the cities of the world play in the innovation economy, Los Angeles is an ideal place to serve as a nucleus for the National Engineering Forum. We eagerly look to make the changes needed to advance this movement.”

“With more people now living in cities than ever before, we must foster the engineering excellence that will be at the heart of the creative and entrepreneurial solutions to the challenges posed by rapid urbanization,” said Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president and CEO, Council on Competitiveness. “There is no better place than Los Angeles to pose this question and to seek solutions to the engineering challenges facing America.”

Lockheed Martin, the Council on Competitiveness, and the National Academy of Engineering launched NEF, which now has a growing roster of partners such as USC Viterbi. The 2013 NEF dialogue series includes upcoming dates in San Diego, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Columbus, Ohio, and more.

About the National Engineering Forum
The National Engineering Forum (NEF) brings together leaders concerned about the sustainability of the United States engineering field and the impact on the nation’s security and prosperity. NEF involves industry executives, academics, policymakers, media, engineering societies, and nonprofits to develop solutions to the challenges facing the U.S. engineering enterprise. For more on NEF, visit: www.nationalengineeringforum.com or follow us on Twitter @NatlEngForum.

About the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Engineering Studies began at the University of Southern California in 1905. Nearly a century later, the Viterbi School of Engineering received a naming gift in 2004 from alumnus Andrew J. Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm now key to cell phone technology and numerous data applications. Consistently ranked among the top graduate programs in the world, the school enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, taught by 177 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 60 endowed chairs and professorships. http://viterbi.usc.edu

Melissa Mathews (National Engineering Forum) - 202-969-3410 or media@nationalengineeringforum.com
Megan Hazle (USC Viterbi) - 213-821-5555 or hazle@usc.edu