The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering this week launched the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance, the first engineering research visioning organization of its kind.
ERVA was created to provide the engineering community with a process for identifying bold and societally impactful engineering research directions that will place the United States in a leading position to realize a better future for all. It is an engaged, inclusive, multilayered partnership, providing a diverse array of voices with the opportunity to impact national research priorities.
“Engineering has the power to transform people’s lives, especially when it brings to bear a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experience to solve important problems,” said NSF Assistant Director for Engineering Dawn Tilbury. “With NSF’s support, the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance will enable the engineering community to mobilize and make a difference in our country’s future.”
ASCE serves as an ERVA affiliate partner and will be represented by Society President Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE.
Funded with a five-year, $8 million award from the NSF, the initiative convenes, catalyzes, and enables the engineering community to identify nascent opportunities and priorities for engineering-led innovative, high-impact, cross-domain, fundamental research that addresses national, global, and societal needs.
“When engineers come together behind a big challenge, we create amazing discoveries and innovations that can lead to exciting new fields,” Tilbury said. “Through ERVA, NSF wants the engineering community to come together to find ideas that will unite us, develop roadmaps for cutting-edge research agendas, and lead to game-changing impacts on our world.”
ERVA builds connectivity among government, academic, industry, community, professional society, and public-sector stakeholders, empowering the engineering research community to speak with a unified voice.
Get involved with ERVA and learn more at www.ERVAcommunity.org, or follow @ERVAcommunity and the hashtag #ERVAcommunity on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.