Summit Series on the Grand Challenges 2009 and 2010

Project Status
Completed
April 24, 2019
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Events
  • Oct62010
    Oct 06 2010 - Oct 08 20102010 NAE Grand Challenges Summit
    Summit will bring together outstanding individuals from academia, business, government, medicine, communications, and other disciplines
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles
  • Mar22009
    Mar 02 2009 - Mar 03 20092009 NAE Grand Challenges Summit
    The Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and co-sponsoring institutions the University of Southern California and the Olin College of Engineering, have announced the Summit on the NAE Grand Challenges for the 21st Century on March 2-3, 2009 in Durham, NC . All NAE members are invited to ...
    Duke University Pratt School of Engineering
    Durham, North Carolina
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At-a-Glance
Series of summits for leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, innovators and corporate executives to sustain critical dialogue and engagement with grand challenges
Objectives
  • This series of national and regional summits that bring together leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, innovators and corporate executives.
Key Contacts
  • Randy Atkins
    Senior Program Officer for Media/Public Relations
    National Academy of Engineering
    E-mail
    Office
    202-334-1508

These series of summits bring together leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, innovators and corporate executives.  It represents a commitment to sustain critical dialogue and engagement with grand challenge problems and to change the way we educate students in order to better prepare them for the challenges ahead. 

Duke University in partnership with the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and Olin College hosted the first National Summit in 2009 to stimulate conversations on the importance of engineering and science in maintaining and enhancing our quality of life.

The 2010 NAE Grand Challenges National Summit was held in Los Angeles, California.  Discussions were organized around the four thematic threads of the challenges: sustainability, vulnerability, health, and the joy of living.  The Summit was organized by Duke University, Olin College, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and Caltech. 

Why focus on grand challenges?

Universities across the U.S. are answering the call to action raised by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in partnership with the National Science Foundation. That call has focused public attention on the NAE Grand Challenges, a critical grouping of problems that must be addressed and solved in order to maintain our national security, quality of life and sustainable future. Addressing issues this complex requires innovation and cooperation from engineers of all kinds, as well as policy makers, economists, geologists, biologists and sociologists.

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