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Let Your Voices Be Heard
This past November, we welcomed R&D professionals to our second annual R&D 100 Conference at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Washington’s National Harbor, located just a few miles from the White House—and right
before the presidential election. This conference wraps around one of the longest-standing and most prestigious awards programs in the industry—the R&D 100
Awards—bringing together industry, academia and federal voices from the R&D
community. There was a buzz in the air, not only because of the important issues
addressed by the conference but also due to the election just a few days away.
During this unique conference, we were focused on inspired session tracks: R&D
Strategies & Leadership Development, New Advances in Automation and Robotics and
Advanced Materials and Emerging Trends. Our Thought Leadership sessions revealed
new horizons in aviation, shale and sustainability, the impact of STEM and the Lab of
the Future. Perhaps the 2017 Global Funding Forecast panel gave attendees the most
food for thought as we unveiled our annual worldwide forecast results. This year, Nov.
16-17 in Orlando, we invite you to attend the third annual conference to exchange new
ideas and share the latest advances in science and technology that impact research and
product development across industries. Come and let your voices be heard!
And since the election is over, perhaps now is the time for R&D leaders from
industry, government and academia to join together and be heard. We offer a great way
to do just that by participating in the R&D 100 Awards program, open for entries. This
is your chance to demonstrate the concrete contributions R&D makes to this country
and the world as new technologies and significant innovations of the past year are
Much of R&D in this country is dependent on funding from the federal government,
so it was important at the conference to focus on the federal policy that allows the
public—and scientists—to gain access to significant research studies. This nation’s rich
repository of scientific data and new technology is amazing in its scope. The challenge is
to communicate results and offer the scientific community the opportunity to build on
these discoveries. So we invited a key federal R&D leader, Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, to address
this policy and what it means for the whole R&D community.
In our cover story, we shed light on that process as Dr. Salmon, Deputy Director,
Resource Management, Department of Energy (DOE), explains the model used by the
DOE and its national laboratories to provide the vital information needed to accelerate
science and innovation—centered on such significant research areas as energy, national
security and the environment. His presentation outlined the important progress made
across federal agencies and how it has impacted the R&D community.
Nothing can be more important than open communication—it drives teamwork,
discovery and economic growth.
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Editor, Laura Panjwani
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