Resources from the Science-Engineering-Technology
Working Group (SETWG)

The Importance of Science, Engineering and Technology to the Nation

Essays, Editorials and Other Articles (new)
Letters of Support

Statements on the importance of basic research:

Scientists Visit Congressional Offices, Encourage Funding Support for R&D, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009)

National Science Board: In Support of Basic Research and its Importance to America's Future

American Geophysical Union: The Role of U.S. Government in Supporting Earth and Space Science Research

American Chemical Society: Public Policy Priorities 2007-2008: Creating Opportunity through Scientific Innovation (390 KB PDF)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-United States of America: Federal Support for Basic Research policy statement (79.7 KB PDF)


The Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA)

American Geological Institute (AGI) Innovation and US Competitiveness

American Physical Society (APS) Competitiveness and Innovation

Council on Competitiveness, a group of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders striving to increase U.S. competitiveness

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training

National Science Digital Library: the nation's online library for education and research in
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics created by NSF.

Science and Engineering Statistics by National Science Foundation

Sloan Career Center and workforce information for science, engineering, technology, and mathematics

Task Force on the Future of American Innovation

U.S. Competitiveness: The Innovation Challenge by IEEE

U.S. Innovation by The Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA)


Strengthening Clean Energy Competitiveness: Opportunities for America COMPETES Reauthorization, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (2010)

Federal Funds for R&D, National Science Foundation (Annual updates)
Table: Federal Obligations for R&D to Industry by State, 2001-2005, State Science and Technology Institute

The Atlantic Century: Benchmarking EU and U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (2009)

Critical Needs of the Twenty First Century: The Role of the Geosciences, American Geological Institute (2008)

Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, National Science Board (Web or 12 MB PDF) (2008)

Is America Falling Off the Flat Earth?, National Academy of Sciences (2007)

Five for the Future Council on Competitiveness (2007)

Riding The Rising Tide, ASTRA's 14-Point Action Agenda for Our Innovation Future...A 21st Century Strategy for U.S. Competitiveness and Prosperity (2007)

Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, National Academy of Sciences (2007)
(AGI summary and ASTRA Summary (330 KB PDF) also available)

International Benchmarking of U.S. Chemical Engineering Research Competitiveness, National Academy of Sciences (2007)

The Future of U.S. Chemistry Research: Benchmarks and Challenges, National Academy of Sciences (2007)

Research and Development: Impact on Gross Domestic Product, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Science Foundation (2007).

Benchmarking the Competitiveness of the United States in Mechanical Engineering Basic Research, National Academy of Sciences (2007)

Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next
Decade and Beyond
, National Academy of Sciences (2007)

Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2006 Symposium, National Academy of Sciences (2007)

The Fundamental Role of Science and Technology in International Development: An Imperative for the U.S. Agency for International Development, National Academy of Sciences (2006)

Science and Engineering Indicators 2006, National Science Board (Web or 12 MB PDF) (2006)

Science and Engineering Indicators 2006 Companion Piece: America's Pressing Challenge - Building a Stronger Foundation, National Science Board (Wed or 679 KB PDF) (February 2006)

NII 21st Century Innovation Working Group Report, National Innovation Initiative (1.40 MB PDF) (September 2004)

NII Innovation Frontiers Working Group Report, National Innovation Initiative (323 KB PDF) (2004)

NII Innovation Skills Working Group Report, National Innovation Initiative (474 KB PDF) (2004)
(AGI summary of NII reports is also available)

Strategies for Competitiveness in Academic Research, American Association for the
Advancement of Science (2000)

Essays, Editorials and Other Articles:

United States : A Strategy for Innovation by Diana Farrell and Thomas Kalil, Issues, Spring 2010

The Innovation State by William B. Bonvillian, The American Interest, July/August 2009 (468 KB PDF)

The Connected Science Model for Innovation- the DARPA Role by William B.Bonvillian, 21st Century Innovation Systems for Japan and the U.S., June 2009 (1.99 MB PDF)

Why Science Deserves its Stimulus Money by Todd Palmer and Rob Pringle, The Huffington Post, June 2009

Taxpayer's Regret by Fred Schwab, Geotimes, April 2007

Letters of Support:

Task Force for the Future of Innovation, Letter of Support for FY09 Funding (02/08)

Technology CEO Council, Letter of Support for FY09 Funding (02/08)




Drexel University: In collaboration with a team of researchers from Korea other U.S. universities, Drexel University researchers recently unveiled a humanoid named Jaemi HUBO. The international research team is working to advance humanoid development and enhance the concept of human-robotic interaction. The collaboration is sponsored through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) program.

NSF article
PIRE program


The University of California at San Diego: Computer scientists from the Jacobs School of Engineering are working on low cost underwater sensor technologies that can capture and transmit environmental data back to land in real time in order to eliminate the need for divers to maunally download the data. The sensor and modem hardware must be as energy efficient as possible so batteries can last longer and the sensors can sample the environment more frequently.

Article from Jacobs School of Engineering

Beckman Instirute, University of Illinois

The University of Illinois and Northwestern University: Researchers have developed a flexible web of wire-connected pixels to work as an eye-like camera. The light sensor can be contoured to fit any shape without diminishing image quality. The sensor will revolutionize the photography industry and perhaps the “spy” industry.

NSF article


Florida State University (FSU): Carbon nanotube fibers are woven into paper thin materials that are stronger than steel and conduct heat very well. This Buckypaper is good for lightning protection, heat dissipation in electronics and lighter weight vehicles and aircraft.

FSU article
FSU's award winning nanotechnology
FSU's High Perfomance Materials Institute

Virent Energy Systems

Virent Energy Systems of Madison, Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin at Madison: Sugars and carbohydrates can be processed like petroleum into the full suite of products that drive the fuel, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Sugars are converted from biomass waste into gasoline and water. Note the water separated at the bottom of the flask at right.

Virent Energy Systems, Inc
Biomass conversion technology

Sarah Das, WHOI

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Washington: Researchers studying the melting of the Greenland ice sheet documented the sudden and complete drainage of a meltwater lake from the top of the Greenland ice sheet to its base.

WHOI article
University of Washington article 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee: Last year computers broke the petaflop barrier, performing more than 1 quadrillion floating-point calculations per second. The “Jaguar” is one of the fastest. Petaflop supercomputing will advance science from better simulations of climate change to scramjet engines.
Jaguar supercomputer


NASA and U.S. Geological Survey: Landsat images help monitor everything from disease to wildfires to water use.

Link to NASA article
Rift Valley Fever Study article 1 and article 2
Monitoring Wildfires article 1 and article 2
Monitoring Water Use


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and National Science Foundation (NSF): Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS), the first deep-sea observatory in the U.S. Using a cabled observatory, scientists can see their experimental results every day, change their sampling routines at will, and keep their instruments running indefinitely.

MARS website
NSF article
Why build a cabled observatory?


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Civil and Environmental Engineering: Be still my beating heart: Now, in work that could have applications in fields from biology to environmental engineering, MIT researchers has solved the mystery of the throbbing drop of oil.



National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and NSF: Forecasters are testing a new technique called VORTRAC -- Vortex Objective Radar Tracking and Circulation -- that provides a detailed 3D view of an approaching hurricane every six minutes and allows them to determine whether the storm is gathering strength as it nears land. Then they can quickly alert coastal communities if the storm suddenly strengthens.

American Institute of Physics (AIP) and American Geophysical Union (AGU) article
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) news brief


U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NSF: A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Alaska on November 3, 2002. Although the Denali Fault shifted about 14 feet beneath the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, the pipeline did not break, averting a major economic and environmental disaster. This was largely the result of stringent design specifications based on geologic studies done by the USGS, basic research conducted by geoscientists over decades and innovative designs developed by geotechnical engineers. Studies of the Denali Fault and the 2002 earthquake will provide information vital to reducing losses in future earthquakes in Alaska, California, and elsewhere.

USGS press release
FEMA National Eearthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) success story
PBS American Experience article
American Geological Institute (AGI) article


NSF, MIT, AIP, and AAPM: New technologies pioneered by physicists, chemists, and other scientists help screen and fight some of the nation's deadliest diseases.

New, non-invasive pancreatic cancer screening technique: NSF
MIT News on cancer research
Pain-free mammograms: American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Biomarkers: American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
New penicillin-coated surgical tools and implants could help save thousands of lives from infection: NSF


NSF and Department of Energy (DOE): Geochemists are growing large, high-quality diamonds with the prospect of widespread applications in everything from cutting tools to electronics.

AGI GeoTimes article
Chemical and Engineering News article
New York Times article

Western Geco

National Energy and Technology Laboratory (NETL) and DOE: Imaging algorithms developed by geophysicists are being used to locate deep offshore oil and gas reservoirs.

NETL article
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Explorer Magazine article




For more examples of the importance of science, engineering, and technology to our nation, visit:

U.S. Federal Agencies:
National Science Foundation Discoveries
American Institute of Physics Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science
Department of Energy News
U.S. Geological Survey News
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) News
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) News
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) News

U.S. National Laboratories:
Fermilab (Symmetry magazine)
Lawrence Berkeley
Lawrence Livermore
Los Alamos
Los Alamos 1663 Science and Technology magazine
National Energy Technology Laboratory
National Energy Renewable Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Scientific American publishes "Technology Leaders: SciAm 50" every December. The list highlights innovations and trends in business, policy and research related to science and technology. Some content is fee based.

Science publishes "Breakthrough of the Year" every December. The special issue highlights major scientific advances and looks at future trends. Some content is fee based.

Nature publishes "Research Highlights of the Year" every December. The special issue highlights major scientific advances and looks at future trends. Some content is fee based.

WIRED Science and Blogs posts the Top Ten Scientific Breakthroughs of the Past Year every January.


What is Congressional Visits Day (CVD)?

The CVD is a two-day annual event that brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Uniquely multi-sector and multi-disciplinary, the CVD is coordinated by coalitions of companies, professional societies and educational institutions and it is open to all people who believe that science and technology comprise the cornerstone of our Nation's future.


.. . to underscore the long-term importance of science, engineering, and technology to the Nation through meetings with congressional decisionmakers.


.. . . members of the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group and other colleagues in the science and technology enterprise.

Information on past Congressional Visits Days:
2007 | 2008 |
2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998

Last Updated June 4, 2010.

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