• William Perry
    William Perry
    Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor, Professor of Engineering, and Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
    Stanford University
  • Alec Broers
    Alec Broers
    Chairman, Science and Technology Select Committee
    United Kingdom House of Lords
  • Farouk El-Baz
    Farouk El-Baz
    Research Professor and Director, Center for Remote Sensing
    Boston University
  • Wesley Harris
    Wesley Harris
    Charles Stark Draper Professor and Head, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bernadine Healy
    Bernadine Healy
    Columnist and Health Editor
    U.S. News & World Report

Working Together on the Global Grand Challenges

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The Grand Challenges for Engineering continue to have wide-ranging impacts around the globe. Engineers are constantly working to build our future and address world needs-- some of their ideas can be found among the stories from the NAE's weekly radio and podcast series, Engineering Innovation.

This page will feature a variety of interactive posts related to the Grand Challenges and the work people are doing to tackle them!

  • Throughout the year we'll share recent updates about the Grand Challenges. We'd love to hear your thoughts and/or experiences about your involvement!
  • Jeff Dean Thinks AI Can Solve Grand Challenges–Here’s How
    Tue, March 13, 2018
    Jeff Dean Thinks AI Can Solve Grand Challenges–Here’s How
    In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering presented 14 Grand Challenges that, if solved, had the potential to radically improve the world. Thanks to recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence – specifically, the advent of deep neural networks — we’re on pace to solve ...
  • Vanderbilt IRIS Initiative: Shaping the Infrastructure of Tomorrow
    Thu, January 18, 2018
    Vanderbilt IRIS Initiative: Shaping the Infrastructure of Tomorrow
    A 2016 Trans-Institutional Program award, the Vanderbilt Initiative for Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems continues to make progress. The development of the program coincides with the university becoming a recognized leader in the innovation of civil infrastructure.
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