National Academy of Engineering - Regional Meeting

National Academy of Engineering
Regional Meeting

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
1623 15th Street (GPS address), Troy, New York  12180
April 28, 2022

Engineering Solutions to Grand Challenges:
From Computing to Biotechnology and Beyond...

The School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is delighted to host a special regional meeting of the NAE on April 28th, 2022 in our Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS).  The meeting offers a great opportunity to bring the NAE to our campus, to listen to world-class scientists and engineers talk about discoveries and technologies in computing, life sciences, advanced materials, and beyond that will pave the way for solutions to the grand challenges facing the world.

The meeting is open to all* and free to attend. We encourage students, postdocs, and faculty to register in advance as the attendance is limited to 100 people.

For non-RPI attendees, Institute policy requires proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the symposium.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

  • Private dinner: 6:00PM - 8:30PM (NAE leadership members and invited guests)
  • Special dinner guest speaker:
    Dr. Matt McCarthy
    Weil Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital
    “Overwhelmed: Lessons from the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City”

Thursday, April 28, 2022

  • 8:15AM - 9:45AM NAE Members Meeting (PRIVATE)
    Business Meeting for NAE members
    Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Bruggeman Conference Room
  • 10:00AM - 3:30PM Symposium (Open to NAE members and RPI community; lunch provided)
    Chairs:  Shekhar Garde, Dean of Engineering, and Georges Belfort, NAE, Institute Professor
    Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Howard P. Isermann ’42 Auditorium

Engineering Solutions to Grand Challenges: 
From Computing to Biotechnology and Beyond…


  • Opening remarks by Dr. John L. Anderson, NAE, President of the National Academy of Engineering
  • Symposium Speakers:
    • Dr. Angela Belcher, NAE, James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, Head, Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      Giving New Life to Materials for Energy, the Environment, and Medicine
    • Dr. John E. Kelly III, NAE, Executive Vice President, IBM
      The Future of Computing: Accelerated Discovery
    • Dr. Samir Mitragotri, NAE, Hiller Professor of Bioengineering and Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
      Engineering Solutions to Future Health Challenges

Rensselaer RED Talks: Research, Education, and Discovery

  • Dr. Helen Zha, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Bioinspired Materials for Sustainability and Human Healthcare
  • Dr. Karyn Rogers, Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Planetary Perspectives on Life's Emergence
  • Dr. Shayla Sawyer, Professor, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering
    Reflections on the Role of Improvization: The Jazz of Engineering


Download the detailed program agenda

Event Details


There are several hotel options to choose from within and around the university and the Capital District/Albany area. Following is a list of some of the hotels used for traveling guests of Rensselaer’s School of Engineering.

Closer to Campus

Hilton Garden Inn - Troy
235 Hoosick Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 272-1700

Courtyard Albany Troy/Waterfront
515 River Street
Troy, New York 12180
(518) 240-1000

Best Western Franklin Inn Troy
1 4th Street
Troy, New York 12180
(518) 274-8800

Holiday Inn Express
400 Old Loudon Road (Route 9)
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 783-6161

Closer to Airport

Hilton Garden Inn – Albany Airport
800 Albany/Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
(518) 464-6666

The Desmond Hotel
600 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
(518) 869-8100

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact Audrey Larkin Zurlo.