Summit Series on the Grand Challenges

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Latest Update: February 15, 2017
This series of national and regional summits that bring together leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders, innovators and corporate executives.
Primary Contact: Randy Atkins
202.334.1508

This 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 will be held in Los Angeles, California, October 6-8.  Discussions will be organized around the four thematic threads of the challenges: sustainability, vulnerability, health, and the joy of living.  The Summit is being 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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