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Enabling American Innovation: Engineering and the National Science Foundation

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Enabling American Innovation traces engineers' struggle to win intellectual, financial, and organizational recognition within the National Science Foundation. The tools and arguments of this struggle altered over time, but engineers continued to assert the value of their contribution, usually measured in comparative budgetary terms, and philosophical debates as they were played out through organizational manipulation.

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Enabling American Innovation traces engineers' struggle to win intellectual, financial, and organizational recognition within the National Science Foundation. The tools and arguments of this struggle altered over time, but engineers continued to assert the value of their contribution, usually measured in comparative budgetary terms, and philosophical debates as they were played out through organizational manipulation.

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A history of the place of engineering in the National Science Foundation. Of interest to historians and policy makers, this study traces engineers' struggle for recognition and equal standing with scientists in the NSF, since its inception in 1950 to the present. The author draws on NSF archival material, Congressional proceedings, speeches by Foundation leaders, and numerous books. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557531117
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: History of Technology Series
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Engineering: An American Tradition 1
Ch. 1 Engineering under a Mandate for Basic Science 24
Ch. 2 Toward a Larger Role 52
Ch. 3 Applied Science and Relevance: The RANN Concept 76
Ch. 4 The RANN Years - Fruitful, Beset, and Brief 105
Ch. 5 Interregnum: Searching for a Place 124
Ch. 6 By Any Name, Engineering 155
Ch. 7 Resources and Policies for Full Partnership 177
Ch. 8 Acting on the Mandate 211
Ch. 9 NSF Engineering over Time 250
App. 1 National Science Foundation Directors, 1951-90 269
App. 2 National Science Foundation Heads of Engineering in Varying Organizational Configurations, 1951-90 271
App. 3 Engineering Research Centers, to 1990 273
App. 4 Engineers Serving on the National Science Board, 1951-90 275
App. 5 Statistical Figures, NSF Spending 277
Abbreviations 281
Notes 285
Notes on Sources 331
Index 359
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