Pratt Symposium at Duke to Discuss Education of ‘New Engineer’

DURHAM, N.C. - A distinguished panel from academia, government and industry will discuss the education of engineers for the 21st century during the Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School of Engineering Symposium to be held from 2:15-3:45 p.m. Friday at Love Auditorium in Duke University's Levine Science Research Center.

The panelists will discuss the role of the engineering profession in the post industrial manufacturing era. Panelists include:

- Joseph Bordogna, deputy director of the National Science Foundation;
- Larry Burns, vice president of research at the General Motors Corp.;
- David Chang, president of Polytechnic University;
- Earl Dowell, professor and previous dean at Duke's engineering school;
- William Kress, president of MCNC in Research Triangle Park;
- Nino Masnari, professor and dean at N.C. State University's College of Engineering;
- William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering; and
- Kristina Johnson, Duke's new engineering dean, will serve as moderator of the panel.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

This program will be an integral part of a weekend of celebrations honoring Edmund Pratt, the former chief executive officer of Pfizer Inc. Pratt is an alumnus who is giving $35 million toward the school's endowment. Duke President Nannerl O. Keohane will honor Pratt at a Love Auditorium presentation at 5 p.m. that day.