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Virginia Tech Emerging Issues in Globalization and Technology Seminar Series

About the Seminar Series

The Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs and Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics have collaborated with leading organizations like TCE Consulting Engineers Limited, to design a new educational seminar series. This unique program will provide global industry leaders, government decision makers, and those professionals responsible for setting policy with a forum through which they can become aware of emerging issues in technology.

Overall management for the seminar series is the responsibility of the Virginia Tech Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs (Dr. John E. Dooley). Technical aspects of the program, such as discussions regarding the choices of topic and speaker as described above, are the responsibility of the Department Head of Engineering Science and Mechanics (Professor Ishwar K. Puri).

About Virginia Tech

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, Virginia Tech is now a comprehensive, innovative research university with the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia, more than 100 campus buildings, a 2,600-acre main campus, offcampus educational facilities in six regions, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,700-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in Montgomery County, 38 miles southwest of Roanoke, in the New River Valley. Through a combination of its three missions of teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

About TCE Consulting Engineers Limited

TCE Consulting Engineers Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Limited, the apex company of the Tata Group of Companies. TCE an ISO 9001-2000 certified organization, is recognized as one of the leading consulting engineering organizations in India. TCE offers comprehensive and integrated engineering services in the field of power generation (thermal, combined cycle, hydro, nuclear, non-conventional sources), power transmission and distribution, water supply, wastewater and sewerage treatment, irrigation and water resources, architecture and town planning, buildings, airports, roads and highways, industrial projects, chemical and petrochemical projects, mining, minerals and metallurgical projects and special (machine design) projects. TCE has successfully completed more than 4900 assignments in the above fields in India and abroad and associated with leading players globally over a period of more than 46 years since its inception in 1962. The services offered by TCE cover the entire gamut of project conceptualization to commissioning and include project management, pre-project activities, design engineering, procurement assistance, inspection and expediting, construction monitoring and commissioning support.

Registered in Mumbai, TCE has design offices in several cities in India including Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Jamshedpur. TCE also has overseas presence in USA, Africa, South East Asia and Middle East.

About the Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs

Outreach and International Affairs, which spearheads the university's outreach mission, encompasses a number of university-wide programs. These programs include the Center for European Studies and Architecture in Switzerland; Commonwealth Campus Centers in Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke; the Office of Economic Development; the Office of International Research, Education, and Development, including Education Abroad and applied research programs in developing countries; Outreach Fellows; Southside Outreach Programs, including the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville and Reynolds Homestead in Patrick County; and Outreach Program Development, including the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement, Continuing and Professional Education, Language and Culture Institute, The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Outreach Program Services, Service-Learning Center, The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center, and Upward Bound/Talent Search.

About the Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Tech is an internationally recognized authority on the integration of science fundamentals and advanced mathematical tools with engineering analysis and design. Our department leads the development of creative and critical thinking methods and their use in the formulation of engineering science and technology methods and policy. It promotes educational and curricular reform in the engineering sciences and serves as a resource for others in this context. Our activities provide a conduit between engineering as a primarily technological enterprise, and the sciences and mathematics that are primarily discovery-oriented.

Graduates of both the ESM undergraduate and graduate programs are instilled with a notably flexible professional perspective, since they are provided with a strong foundation through a broad-based, fundamentals-of-engineering-science curriculum and exposed to skills-oriented training in critical thinking and technology leadership. This enables them to pursue successful careers in a variety of engineering industries, in research environments, and in higher education. Indeed, ESM graduates now populate prominent engineering departments across the world in a variety of disciplines, and are transmitting the values of their engineering science training to new generations of students. Our graduates also serve as science and technology advisors to local, regional, and federal governmental organizations; hold leadership positions in professional societies; and are active participants in the public discourse on the role and value of engineering science in relation to the research and educational competitiveness in a globalized society.

Multidisciplinary scholarship and education is highly valued in ESM. A large number of faculty members from other departments are affiliated with our department. Our faculty members work closely with the School of Biomedical Engineering and Science, the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute, and the Institute for Critical Technologies and Applied Sciences. ESM houses the Virginia Tech graduate certificate in computational science and engineering.

Further information about ESM, one of the few departments of its kind in the US, can be found at The department, founded in 1908, has a distinguished history. A 2005 review by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of four National Academy of Engineering members concluded that ESM has a "longstanding record of excellence as a key element of the College of Engineering with national visibility". The department has twenty-five faculty members who support roughly 80 doctoral students within and outside of ESM and have research expenditures above $6M. The ESM undergraduate program was recently ranked as eighth best in the nation.

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