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Fall Bridge on the Value Proposition in Innovative Engineering
September 22, 2023 Volume 53 Issue 3
This issue explores the unique value proposition that engineers and engineering disciplines present in addressing the National Academies’ Grand Challenges. Covering topics ranging from the global sustainability challenge to the sequestration of carbon to transformations in our water management system, the articles in this issue show how engineers are vital to creating a world in which humanity can thrive.
Articles In This Issue
  • Thursday, September 28, 2023
    AuthorDonald C. Winter

    No matter how you get your news, it seems that artificial intelligence (AI) is ever present, whether it is a report on ChatGPT’s ability to pass the bar exam,[1] a flawed legal brief generated by ChatGPT citing nonexistent cases,[2] or Congress’s latest attempt to regulate the AI ...

  • Thursday, September 28, 2023
    AuthorRonald M. Latanision

    I am pleased to introduce the editor of The Bridge, Kyle Gipson. Kyle joined the NAE Outreach and Communications team on June 20. He will oversee all NAE editorial projects including The Bridge, Memorial Tributes, reports, studies, marketing materials, and more. Kyle has honed his editorial ...

  • Thursday, September 28, 2023
    AuthorPiotr D. Moncarz and Michael D. Lepech

    Our model world is unimaginable without the field of engineering. Yet the profession today often operates in a reactive mode of solving problems, whether large or small, defined by outside decision-makers and stakeholders. Thus, while the impact of engineers may be ubiquitous in today’s ...

  • Thursday, September 28, 2023
    AuthorMichael D. Lepech and James O. Leckie

    Engineering disciplines present a unique value proposition in addressing the global sustainability challenge.

    Sustainability is one of the major existential challenges of our time. Across four broad realms of human concern (sustainability, health, vulnerability, and joy of living), the National ...

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    AuthorPiotr D. Moncarz and Michal Kurtyka

    Engineers are vital to the development of new and innovative ways to provide carbon-free, low-cost, renewable energy around the globe.

    Three decades have passed since the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit produced the Rio Conventions[1]—an action plan intended to confront climate change, ...

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    AuthorGlen T. Daigger

    Engineers are deeply involved in and essential to vital transformations in our water management system.

    The provision of water for human use is in a state of transition (Daigger 2011). The One Water paradigm reverses the historic one-use approach of managing the individual components of the ...

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    AuthorBenedict Schwegler

    Engineers are crucial to the understanding and integration of natural and industrial cycles.

    To most engineers, the concept of “industrial cycles” is almost intuitive. Industrial systems and the power cycles with which they operate are fundamental to engineering design and system ...

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    AuthorBirol Dindoruk and Silviu Livescu

    Engineers are proving invaluable in the quest to sequester carbon.

    Anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have reached very high levels, causing many observable, long-term climate changes such as rising sea levels, warmer and more acidic oceans, diminishing ice coverage, and increasing ...

  • Monday, September 25, 2023
    AuthorCraig R. Barrett

    We must reconsider the framework of our K-12 educational system, bringing together high-quality teachers, high standards, and accountability in every classroom.

    Everyone seems to agree that the economic success of a society is directly tied to the educational attainment of its work force. The ...

  • Monday, September 25, 2023
    AuthorEvan J. Granite, Grant Bromhal, Jennifer Wilcox, and Mary Anne Alvin

    There are numerous abundant waste and byproduct materials that could potentially serve as sources for critical materials.

    Modern societies generate extraordinary varieties and quantities of wastes and byproducts. By applying principles of circularity and waste minimization, we can take something ...

  • Friday, September 22, 2023
    AuthorGuru Madhavan

    There is an allegory found in ancient Sanskrit texts of a swan that is often interpreted as a metaphor for spiritual progress. As the story goes, the graceful bird could separate nectar from a swamp, just as an enlightened sage separates the true self from the embodied self. I like to think of this ...