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Representatives of the presidential campaigns of Sens. Obama and McCain, journalists, and members of the National Academy of Engineering's committee on the "Grand Challenges for Engineering" participated in a lively discussion of how to encourage action on this century's greatest engineering challenges and opportunities. The participants agreed that if met, any of the 14 challenges would improve life around the world.
View a video of this event on the Research Channel.
The Grand Challenges for Engineering project is designed to spark public discussion and awareness that engineering is essential to addressing current and emerging societal issues. Meeting the challenges will require the support of the public and policy makers. As we stand about a month before the U.S. presidential election, we hope to inspire an informed conversation about the hurdles of public backing and policy issues that stand in the way of addressing the Grand Challenges for Engineering.
Moderator: Aaron Brown, Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism, Arizona State University, host of PBS series Wide Angle, former CNN and ABC News anchor
How do we more effectively communicate the Grand Challenges, and the steps necessary to address them, to the public?
How can a more substantive discussion about the Challenges be generated in policy and political circles? How do we address the challenges through the political process? Is government even organized in a way to effectively deal with grand challenges that cross-cut many disciplines and can't be stove-piped into the programs of DOE, EPA, NSF, etc.
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