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Date:2/17/2009

of Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, said: "Although the NAE committee that generated this grand challenge list was probably thinking more about opportunities for engineering for the whole of the next century, the rapid pace of change in the world and the tenor of the challenges themselves has made the Grand Challenges unmistakably a call to arms, not just for engineers but for all of us. Our hope is that the summit will represent the beginning of a national conversation that leads the nation to answer that call."

Yannis Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, added, "When the NAE announced the Grand Challenges almost a year ago, the world was a different place. Today, the challenges are more relevant than ever. The innovation needed to address them is the key enabler that will help create a future world better than the one we have inherited. This summit is meant to start this daunting effort now."

Richard K. Miller, president of Olin, said: "The magnitude of the challenges facing us requires a new kind of thinking about how we educate engineers. We need globally aware engineers who are schooled in creativity and teamwork, and able to see their work in the context of society's needs. This summit is a great opportunity to further the conversation about the big issues facing humanity and the skills and collaborations that will be necessary to tackle them."

In addition to the scientific sessions, the results of a national survey on the public's perceptions of the major technological challenges ahead, and how they feel about the country's ability to adequately address them, will be released. The survey was conducted by Hart Research Associates.


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Contact: Richard Merritt
richard.merritt@duke.edu
919-660-8414
Duke University
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