IEEE-USA President Encourages Greater Investment
in People, Technology, Energy R&D at Innovation
WASHINGTON (21 October 2008)
IEEE-USA President Russ Lefevre told a national
conference audience that the United States
should invest more in the nation's science,
engineering and technology enterprise.
"There is much more that needs to be done in
terms of investing in technology, in people, and
in incentives that will drive innovation and
entrepreneurship," Lefevre said as part of the
Innovation Panel at the
Innovation 2008 conference at the University
of Minnesota on Monday.
Lefevre said one of the top priorities of the
new presidential administration should be to
fully fund the America Competes Act.
"This is an important step that the new
administration can take to help shore up
long-term U.S. innovation and competitiveness,"
America Competes Act, which was signed
into law in 2007, authorized, among other
things, doubling the budgets at the National
Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's
Office of Science and the National Institutes of
Standards and Technology; establishing the
Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy at
the Energy Department; strengthening science,
technology, engineering and mathematics
educational opportunities at the elementary
through graduate school levels; increasing funds
to improve the skills of math and science
teachers; and providing college scholarships for
hundreds of future math and science teachers.
"Everybody supports science, motherhood and
apple pie, but when it comes to funding, it's a
different story," Lefevre added during the
question and answer session.
Lefevre also discussed the importance of
expanding our nation's energy portfolio to
include greater use of alternative energy, the
electrification of our transportation sector,
and smart-grid technologies to manage
electricity more efficiently and reliably.
new research and development priority is in
energy, but there is no silver bullet," Lefevre
said. "We need to invest our research dollars to
ensure a diverse set of energy resource
Innovation 2008 conference, which concludes
today, is part of Science Debate 2008, a
national movement that strives to restore
science and technology to America's public
dialogue. IEEE-USA was an early supporter.
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John
McCain answered 14 questions from Science Debate
2008, the first time in U.S. history the
endorsed candidates for president revealed their
science policies in this detail before an
election. Their responses are at
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