Dr. Joseph Bordogna
Chief Operating Officer
National Science Foundation
Remarks: SIA Award Luncheon/Administration Leadership Award Acceptance
March 18, 2004
Thank you very much, George 1. . This is such an honor. The strengthening
of the NSF-SRC partnership on a larger and more pervasive scale exemplifies
the collaborative efforts of government and industry in our common goal
to secure our nation's S, E, & T preeminence.
Since we're on the topic of administration leadership, I'd like
to speak briefly about Vannevar Bush, whose 1945 work, Science:
The Endless Frontier, ignited the initiative that would become
the National Science Foundation and established the foundation
for today's NSF-SIA synergy. Vannevar Bush was an electrical engineer
with 80 patents and a key player in engineering in the United States.
We know him best as Chairman of Roosevelt's military R&D office.
He was the Nation's most prominent engineer at the time of World
Not only did he co-author an engineering textbook (1922) that
stayed in print for 30 years, build the world's first differential
analyzer, co-create the famous GE power system network analyzer
and serve as Dean of Engineering at MIT; in 1945 Vannevar wrote
an article in The Atlantic Monthly, entitled "As we may think
it," which included his prediction of a "desktop personal
information machine" which would facilitate rapid access to
huge amounts of information and form connections between related
items. It seems he forecasted our present computer-communications
capability long before it became the reality it is today. Almost
60 years later, in anticipation of the future from our vantage
point, it is clear that the only way for the United States to thrive
amidst a throng of competing nations is to surpass the competition
on every level; at every landmark along the way. This means being
the very best in new technologies. This means pounding at the frontiers
of S&E with audacity. This means having the best workforce
-- the best trained and the most capable at adapting to constant
change. By applying the knowledge we gain to manufacturing techniques,
we will witness accelerated and tangible progress in creating our
society's productive and successful future. And in doing so, we
will insure that our nation is competitive in science, engineering
In the words of management guru Peter Drucker, "The source
of wealth is something specifically human -- knowledge. Knowledge
applied to tasks we already know how to do is productivity. Knowledge
applied to tasks that are new and different is innovation." Drucker's
characterizations of productivity and innovation encapsulate what
I believe to be the core of the NSF-SRC partnership.
By investing in fundamental research at universities, and by training
and educating our workforce, we strengthen our knowledge base.
Application of a strong knowledge base transfers directly to both
increased productivity and increased innovation -- in street language,
both "the here and the now" as well as the "beyond." But
both can happen only when the mechanisms are in place.
SRC's experience with technology-transfer facilitates this transition
of integrated, cross-boundary and silicon nanoelectronics research
discoveries to actual products that will have immediate and lasting
impact on society. Working together, we can only speed the process
and insure the quality of the product, while amplifying the impact
across all sectors of our science and engineering research and
Our gathering today represents our success to date in actively
pursuing the means to a productive future. But the road ahead requires
even more of our dedication, our efforts, and our support. I am
honored to be a part of this journey and I can't wait to see what
is on the horizon and what develops in the marketplace.
Thank you again.
1 George Scalise, President of the Semiconductor Industry
Association, presenting SIA Administration Leadership Award to Joseph Bordogna.
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