National Engineering Award
Dr. Charles M. Vest received the National Engineering Award for his long and distinguished career as a leader in engineering education, his strong advocacy for the engineering profession, and for strengthening national policy on science, engineering and education. Vest is president of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Vest began his tenure at Michigan by earning his master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering. He taught courses in heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, and conducted research in heat transfer, laser optics and holography. He concluded his 27-year Michigan career as dean of engineering.
During his 14 years as MIT president (1990-2004), Vest was active in science, technology and innovation policy; building partnerships among academia, government and industry; and promoting the importance of open, global scientific communication, travel and sharing of intellectual resources.
Vest was awarded a 2006 National Medal of Technology -- since renamed the National Medal of Technology and Innovation -- from former President George W. Bush. The award is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the president on America's leading innovators. Vest became NAE president in 2007.
The National Engineering Award is presented for inspirational leadership and tireless devotion to the improvement of engineering education and to the advancement of the engineering profession, as well as to the development of sound public policies as an engineer-statesman. Previous recipients include IEEE Fellow and former Lockheed Martin CEO Norm A
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