Grand Challenges for Engineering

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Poster Session at the 2009 Summit on the NAE Grand Challenges, hosted by Duke University[1]

The Grand Challenges for Engineering are a set of 14 goals identified by the National Academy of Engineering through a poll of technology experts as the most pressing and significant of our time.

Duke University and Duke's Pratt School of Engineering hosted the first Summit on the NAE Grand Challenges March 2-3, 2009, in Durham, NC. The Summit organizers were Duke University, the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, and Olin College. Part of the Summit included a Video and Essay Contest.

The Challenges

From the National Academy of Engineering web site on the Grand Challenges[2]

  • Make solar energy economical
  • Provide energy from fusion
  • Develop carbon sequestration methods
  • Manage the nitrogen cycle
  • Provide access to clean water
  • Restore and improve urban infrastructure
  • Advance health informatics
  • Engineer better medicines
  • Reverse-engineer the brain
  • Prevent nuclear terror
  • Secure cyberspace
  • Enhance virtual reality
  • Advance personalized learning
  • Engineer the tools of scientific discovery


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Big Idea Panel at the 2009 Summit on the NAE Grand Challenges, hosted by Duke University[1]

External Links

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  1. a b Duke University Photography
  2. Grand Challenges for Engineering, accessed 15 August 2008