The National Academy of Engineering, NAE, has launched a series of nation wide summits focused on educating people about the Grand Challenges of Engineering. These Grand Challenges outline some of the most pressing technical challenges of our century.
To read more about these grand challenges, click here. The introduction for the Raleigh summit was given by Marshall Brain, founder of “HowStuffWorks”, his presentation may be found by clicking here. In fact, I recently posted an awesome video of a presentation that Marshall Brain did at the Singularity Summit, click here to see the full video. At the Grand Engineering Challenges summit in Raleigh, Kristina Johnson, undersecretary of energy, U.S. Department of Energy, spoke about the Energy Grand Challenges that the U.S. face today, click here to watch the video.
The Singularity Summit recently held in New York, was led by futurist and founder of Singularity University, Raymond Kurzweil. Raymond Kurzweil, by the way, sits on the Grand Engineering Challenges committee with Larry Page, founder and CEO of Google, and Dean Kamen, inventor of the first wearable infusion pump, Segway, and the k-12 FIRST competitions. These people are some of the brightest minds in engineering today. They are all working towards a future that is infinitely abundant.
More than ever before, there’s a pressing need to enable educators, engage researchers, and empower industry to engineer a brighter future. Here’s a talk that I delivered at the ECEDHA (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads) conference in Florida earlier this year: click here.