Several engineering students from Cabrillo High School attended the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) National Meeting held May 4 to May 5 in Irvine.
The event celebrated the inclusion of women in the engineering fields, as well as the engineering advancements that continue to shape the future.
In attendance were NAE members, NAE’s Engineer Girl ambassadors and local students from Long Beach, Santa Ana and the University of California, Irvine.
Those in attendance heard a series of lectures from young women in engineering. The lectures are part of the NAE’s Gilbreth Lecture series, named in honor of Lillian M. Gilbreth, the first woman elected to the NAE. The lecturers presented on topics covering space-based astronomical observatories, sea-level rise adaptation pathways, new approaches to Alzheimer’s and shape-shifting soft robots.
SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell also presented a keynote address on space exploration and the considerations and risks of interstellar travel.
The NAE is a nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The institution’s mission is to provide independent advice on matters involving engineering and technology, and promote a vibrant engineering profession and public appreciation of engineering. To learn more, visit www.nae.edu.