To kick off the New Year, we’ll reflect on a few lessons, still relevant today, from technological progress in the past. Like us, our forbearers faced political, social, and economic challenges, and, like us, they looked to science for solutions. Along the way, they made amazing discoveries but they also hit brick walls. Then, as now, even the most amazing technological discoveries have a habit of requiring long residence times in developmental stages (often awaiting other discoveries) before they emerge as useful (often in surprising applications) which are now simply taken for granted.
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About our speaker: Jennifer I. Brand’s career so far spans private industry, national labs, and academia, with technical applications ranging from energy and the environment to supercritical fluids processing. Special projects include industrial-academic collaborations, and engineering education, present, past, and future. Officially, she is Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska, where she was an award-winning researcher and teacher when she was on active duty. Since becoming Professor Emeritus, she moved to Reno, Nevada, where she keeps busy hiking, exploring and expounding upon engineering history, and mastering the mandolin.