Grand Challenges Advisory Committee

In forming the Grand Challenges for Engineering committee, the NAE sought leading thinkers with a wide range of expertise and experience. This project brings together a diverse group of people dedicated to improving quality of life around the globe.

  • William Perry, Committee Chair, (Former Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense) Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor and Professor of Engineering, Stanford University
  • Alec Broers, Chairman, Science and Technology Select Committee, United Kingdom House of Lords
  • Farouk El-Baz, Research Professor and Director, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University
  • Wesley Harris, Department Head and Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bernadine Healy, Health Editor and Columnist, U.S. News & World Report
  • W. Daniel Hillis, Chairman and Co-Founder, Applied Minds, Inc.
  • Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard University
  • Dean Kamen, Founder and President, DEKA Research and Development Corp.
  • Raymond Kurzweil, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
  • Robert Langer, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jaime Lerner, Architect and Urban Planner, Instituto Jaime Lerner
  • Bindu Lohani, Director General and Chief Compliance Officer, Asian Development Bank
  • Jane Lubchenco, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University
  • Mario Molína, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California
  • Larry Page, Co-Founder and President of Products, Google, Inc.
  • Robert Socolow, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University Environmental Institute
  • J. Craig Venter, President, The J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Jackie Ying, Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology