The second national summit on the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges -- which will focus on global issues related to sustainability, vulnerability, health, and the "joy of living" -- will be held at the University of Southern California October 6-8, 2010.
Broadcast veteran and CNN's former science and technology correspondent Miles O'Brien will moderate a two-day master session on October 7-8 which will include dynamic panels organized around the perspectives of technology, innovation, business, policy, education and communications.
A common thread will be the importance of fostering innovation, economic growth and job creation. The interconnection between the various perspectives and the creation of a K-12 pipeline of engineering talent and other human resources will be an important part of the summit presentations and discussion.
The speakers for the summit include:
The goals of the summit include:
The national summit represents the culmination of a series of regional summits throughout the year that have been organized around the Grand Challenges. In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced 14 Grand Challenges on which engineering can have the greatest impact on society. The challenges cover a wide spectrum of issues, from making solar power more economical to providing access to clean water to engineering better medicines to preventing nuclear terror.
Universities across the United States have responded to the NAE's call to action. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, California Institute of Technology, and Olin College are sponsoring this year's national summit at USC. Duke hosted the first national summit in March 2009.
The 2010 summit's goals are ambitious and far-ranging, according to Yannis Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. "The NAE's Grand Challenges allow us to look at global problems through a framework that interweaves technology, innovation and public policy. The 2010 summit will bring to campus policymakers, corporate leaders and renowned academics to discuss solutions that are real, implementable and game-changing," said Yortsos.
The summit will commence with a Student Day on October 6. October 7-8 will feature engaging panel discussions from a diverse group of presenters. For an overview of the summit, which will be presented on USC's University Park Campus, speakers and events, go to: http://naegrandchallengessummit2010.org/
Lockheed Martin is the Presenting Sponsor for the Summit and the Student Day.
Members of the media, educators, students and individuals from the private sector are encouraged to attend the series of discussions.
|Contact: Leslie DaCruz|
University of Southern California