The presentations informed the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) committee as they considered how to address issues such as new models for innovation that will connect NAE research to real-world impacts.

On April 6, 2016 Tom Siebel, Chairman of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, was among the distinguished leaders from industry, academia, and government who spoke at a National Science Foundation (NSF) symposium on the future of engineering research.

Held at the Keck Center in Washington, D.C., the day-long event kicked-off an NSF-sponsored study that will investigate how to revitalize NSF engineering research centers. Attendees included representatives from the centers as well as members of the broader engineering community.

The symposium, entitled “Exploring a New Vision for Center-Based, Multidisciplinary Engineering Research,” marks the beginning of a 21 month-long investigation by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Materials and Manufacturing Board. Their task is to develop develop a twenty-year vision with high-level, strategic recommendations for how the NSF can accelerate multidisciplinary engineering research.

Siebel, who has been supporting cross-collaborative research for 15 years through the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, said he works to “make change happen.” In his presentation, Siebel described the impact of the Siebel Scholars program, the Siebel Stem Cell Institute, and the Siebel Energy Institute.

In opening remarks, NSF director France Córdova said she wants NSF engineering research centers to “evolve with the times” and “serve the needs of our country” to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader.

Siebel, who has been supporting cross-collaborative research for 15 years through the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, said he works to “make change happen.” In his presentation, Siebel described the impact of the Siebel Scholars program, the Siebel Stem Cell Institute, and the Siebel Energy Institute.

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