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President of the National Academy of Engineering
and President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Vest points out that our nation and our science and engineering communities are about to learn that it is easier to climb the mountain than to stay on top. We are the most innovative and economically competitive nation in the world with the strongest research universities, the most entrepreneurial spirit, and the most open society; however, we are slipping rapidly in almost every dimension of what will be required to lead and compete in the future. We must recognize how rapidly the world is changing and recommit ourselves to the investments and changes in education and research that must undergird a resurgence of our global leadership.