Lecture at UCSC to address engineering and national priorities on Thursday, April 12

Lecture at UCSC to address engineering and national priorities on Thursday, April 12
Lecture at UCSC to address engineering and national priorities on Thursday, April 12
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Richard Buckius, assistant director for engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will speak at UC Santa Cruz on Thursday, April 12, on the topic of "Engineering and National Priorities." Part of the Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by UCSC's Baskin School of Engineering, his talk will take place at 2 p.m. in the Simularium (Room 180) of the Engineering 2 Building on the UCSC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Buckius is a professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has served in several positions within NSF's Directorate for Engineering since 1987. Through its support of education and fundamental research, NSF plays a major role in addressing national priorities. Engineering's contributions are critical to ensuring the robust competitiveness of the nation, pushing the research frontier, and preparing a technologically enabled workforce. Buckius will discuss trends in the Directorate for Engineering's activities and programs that shine light on the current and future demands on engineering and NSF.

During his professional career, Buckius has gained an international reputation for leadership in the field of thermal sciences. Much of his research is fundamental in nature, but it has vital implications for the engineering profession and society. His research interests include radiative heat transfer, Monte Carlo methods in scattering media, and scattering from rough interfaces. Buckius is the author of over 100 publications, books, and invited articles and talks.