The Columbia Climate Center, in collaboration with the Columbia Water Center and the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, presents "The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges: An Overview and Focus on Water," with speakers
Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering; President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Farouk El-Baz, Director, Center for Remote Sensing; Research Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Peter Schlosser, Director, Columbia Climate Center; Associate Director and Director of Research, The Earth Institute; Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Fu Foundation School for Engineering and Applied Science; Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University
Sustainable development on a planet with finite resources and a growing population is not only a desirable, but a priority. In February 2008, a National Academy of Engineering committee unveiled their perception of the grand challenges of engineering that face humanity in the 21st century. Meeting the demands of growing energy needs while curtailing greenhouse gas emissions, water scarcity, disease, security, sustainable urban infrastructure, and furthering discovery and learning are just a few of the areas that require concerted research from engineers, natural scientists, doctors, and social scientists alike.
Make solar energy economical
Provide energy from fusion
Develop carbon sequestration methods
Manage the nitrogen cycle
Provide access to clean water
Restore and improve urban infrastructure
Advance health informatics
Engineer better medicines
Reverse-engineer the brain
Prevent nuclear terror
Enhance virtual reality
Advance personalized learning
Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
Dr. Charles Vest, President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss the process that led to the list and present an overview of fourteen challenges and the role that we can play in meeting them. He will be joined by Professor Farouk El-Baz, director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, who will focus primarily on the challenge inherent to meeting the need for water in the face of a growing population, increased urbanization, and a changing climate.
For more information about the NAEs Grand Challenges of Engineering, to express your opinion about the fourteen challenges, or to choose the highest priority challenge, go to http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/.
This event is free and open to the registered public. Reception to follow.
For more information on the Earth Institute, visit www.earth.columbia.edu
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