Friday, July 06, 2007

Centennial meeting

I promise to post about the multisensory room later. Now, this from ASABE's newsletter:

Decades from now, when members glance back at the Society's centennial, surely the speakers whose addresses punctuated the 100th anniversary meeting will stand out as highlights. Panels assembled among Young Professionals and Senior Actives peered into the future of agricultural and biological engineering, while Centennial Gala speakers reflected on the challenges of the profession, both those that have been met and those set before us. Colorado State University livestock systems designer Temple Grandin inspired her Sunday afternoon audience, advising them that engineers do well to avail themselves of 'visual thinkers' like her, adept at envisioning systems and products as they will function. The following morning, author and physicist Brian Greene spoke so compellingly about our understanding of the universe that his allotted hour was not enough for some listeners. Greene indulged the inquisitive, entertaining questions for another twenty minutes at the edge of the stage. Finally, those lucky enough to be around when the Society celebrates its sesquicentennial will be able to take stock of the progress the profession made in addressing three crucial issues identified by President Bill Clinton. Greeted by a standing ovation, President Clinton called the next fifty years "an engineer's dream" for the challenges presented by climate change, population growth, and resource depletion. Local-news coverage of the event was heavy, with all network affiliates, plus radio and newspapers, reporting on the President's address to ASABE. The following links will take you to some of those stories: KARE 11 - NBC, Fox 9 News.

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