In 1950, the U.S. Congress created the National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent federal agency chartered “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; [and] to secure the national defense.” Today, as NSF kicks off the celebration of its 70th anniversary, it’s important to think about its role in a driving the U.S economy, enhancing the security of the nation and spurring advances in knowledge to sustain global leadership.
The technology innovation needed to excel in global markets today is born out of new ideas in mathematics, sciences such as chemistry and physics, and all engineering disciplines. Fulfilling the charter of NSF has fueled countless inventions in materials science, chemistry, manufacturing, electronics and computer science. Given its mission, NSF also is one of the key federal agencies engaged in workforce development through its partnerships with institutions of higher education.
At Intel, our success is built on looking for new ideas, taking risks and building new technologies that improve our products and bring solutions to the market. Our researchers and innovators are regularly pushing the boundaries of science and seeking to resolve societal challenges. Collaborating with the best minds in academics is a natural and critical building block for us, and so we have partnered closely with NSF to encourage more fundamental scientific exploration. Continuing such exploration into the future will require more people trained in STEM to become the next researchers and innovators in the public and private sectors.
Late last year, the U.S. Congress passed increased funding for fiscal year 2020 for NSF. Given the U.S. government’s investment, we are optimistic that NSF funding will fuel a new wave of technologies that will provide new opportunities for growth. These new technologies will play a major role in ensuring the U.S. is at the forefront of scientific innovation and that it remains competitive on a global playing field in which nations’ abilities to discover scientific breakthroughs and prepare their children for the jobs of the future are increasingly important.
The federal government plays a major role in spurring innovation, and funding is just one piece of the equation. The challenges we face ahead will only be solved by a capable workforce leveraging technology to tackle the most complex problems that we have yet to resolve. The continued federal funding of NSF will ensure that the human capital of this country and its technological advances will continue to achieve the breakthroughs necessary to resolve these problems.
We are honored to be invited to join in the celebration of these 70 wonderful years of scientific advancement. We look forward to continuing our partnership with NSF and expanding the boundaries of both science and the education of the U.S workforce.