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Media Advisory


NSF PA/M 02-12 - February 13, 2002

NSF Celebrates Engineers Week - World Trade Center Research, Robotics Featured

To mark National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-20, 2002), several lectures and presentations are scheduled for locations at and near National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters on Feb. 19-20. Activities will highlight NSF-funded research at the World Trade Center, and other topics.

Feb. 19 - 10:30 a.m., Room 375, NSF Headquarters

*** Laser Technology for Damage Assessment
Shortly after Sept. 11, a team lead by David Bloomquist of the University of Florida used newly developed, hand-held laser mapping devices at the World Trade Center (WTC) site to rapidly create detailed digital models of structures, helping engineers assess the damage at the site.

*** Robot-Assisted Urban Search and Rescue
A team led by Robin Murphy of the University of South Florida responded within six hours to the WTC site, bringing shoe-box sized, experimental, urban search-and-rescue robots to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency locate victims.

Feb. 20 - 10:00 a.m., Arlington Hilton and Towers - Robots Playing Soccer Raffaello D'Andrea, Cornell University, teaches systems engineering and robot soccer, and organizes the annual international Robo Cup competition.

Feb. 20 - 3:00 p.m., Room 375, NSF Headquarters
The Impact of Information Technology on Engineering Education William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering and former NSF assistant director for computer and information sciences and engineering, will discuss how information technology (IT) can improve teaching and learning, and IT's impact on the research community.


For more information contact:
Media: Amber Jones (703) 292-8070/
Non-media: William Butcher (703) 292-8380/

For directions to NSF, see:



National Science Foundation
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230, USA
Tel: 703-292-8070
FIRS: 800-877-8339 | TDD: 703-292-5090

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