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Live webcasting of global engineering summit

DURHAM, N.C. A national summit on engineering solutions to major challenges facing the world today will be webcast March 2-3 from Duke University. Topics to be addressed include alternative energy, green technologies, health care, national security, and education and learning.

The streaming event will be available at rtsp://

The summit is in response to the Grand Challenges for Engineering report ( issued last year by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) that detailed how engineering has and will play a critical part in resolving major societal issues.

Participants will include A. Paul Alivisatos, interim director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Robert Socolow, professor, Princeton University; Annie Anton, professor, North Carolina State University; Robert Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology bioengineer; and Jeff Hawkins, co-founder of Numenta.

In the NAE report, an international panel of technology scholars identified 14 critical barriers to a sustainable way of life. They represent problems requiring a combination of science, technology and policy to solve, such as producing alternative energy, safeguarding the environment, providing clean water and improving healthcare.

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.

The summit is jointly hosted by Duke University, the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. The event is open to the public, but registration is required at


Contact: Richard Merritt
Duke University

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