The 2nd Global Grand Challenges Summit

2015 Summit Program

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September 15, 2015
8:40 AM – 9:00 AM
Participants sign-in
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM
Address by NAE leadership
Address by RAE leadership
Address by US Ambassador
Address by UK Minister Counsellor
Chair: Zhou Ji, President of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)
9:20 AM – 10:20 AM
Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba
Charles Holliday, Chairman of NAE, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell
Andrew Chan, FREng, Chairman of Arup Group Trusts
10:45 AM – 12:15 AM
Foremost among the Grand Challenges we face are those that must be met to ensure the future itself. The Earth is a planet of finite resources, and its growing population currently consumes them at a rate that cannot be sustained. Economical sources of clean and renewable energy must be found while ...
Chair: CHEN Jining, Minister of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China
Keith Clarke, CBE, Chair, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay plc; Vice President, Institute of Civil Engineers
Robert Socolow, Co-Director, the Carbon Mitigation Initiative; Director, Climate and Energy Challenge, Princeton Environmental Institute
Qian Yi, CAE Member
1:35 PM – 3:05 PM
Engineers of the 21st century face the formidable challenge of modernizing the fundamental structures that support our world’s civilization. Creating sustainable water systems and developing means of transportation that make individual vehicle travel, mass transit, bicycling, and walking all ...
Chair: XU Kuangdi, Honorary Chairman of the Governing Board of CAE, CAE Member
Pan Yunhe, CAE Member
Doris Sung, Principal DOSU Studio Architecture
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Chair: Roderic Pettigrew, Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, US National Institutes of Health
Molly Coye, Chief Innovation Officer of the UCLA Health System
WEN Yumei, CAE Member
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Gala Reception & Dinner (East Dining Hall, BCC)
Chair: FAN Daiming, Vice President of CAE
Zhou Ji, President of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)
Wang Yupu, Chairman of China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group)
Keoki Jackson, CTO of Lockheed Martin
6:40 PM – 7:00 PM
Student Day Event Awarding Ceremony
(Chair: Yannis Yortsos, Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering)
8:00 PM
End of reception
September 16, 2015
8:35 AM – 10:05 AM
The Grand Challenges for Engineering are not just focused on problem solving, but also on seizing opportunities to create a more enriching life for all. Providing new tools for investigating our world, from the vastness of the cosmos to the inner intricacy of atoms, will help further the spirit of ...
Chair: Wayne Clough, President Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology; Former Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
CHENG Jing, CAE Member
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sunshine has long offered a tantalizing source of environmentally friendly power, bathing the Earth with more energy each hour than the planet’s population consumes in a year. But capturing that power, converting it into useful forms, and especially storing it for a rainy day, poses ...
Chair: FU Chengyu, President of Sinopec
Arun Majumdar, Professor, Stanford University
XUE Yusheng, CAE Member
1:35 PM – 3:05 PM
Improved methods of teaching, including ways of tailoring learning to individual propensities and abilities on a mass scale, can help translate knowledge into innovations that create a more joyous world. We also need to train and educate both teachers and students through new education models, ...
Chair: Richard Miller, President of Olin College
WU Qidi, former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education of China
Dean Kamen, Founder & President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation
Helen Atkinson, Head of the Department of Engineering, University of Leicester
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Engineering solutions are badly needed to counter the violence of terrorists as well as the destructiveness of earthquakes, hurricanes, disease epidemics and other natural dangers. Technologies for early detection of all such threats, and rapid deployment of countermeasures, are urgently needed. ...
Chair: Keoki Jackson, CTO of Lockheed Martin
Maire O’Neill, Director of Research for Data Security Systems at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Queen’s University Belfast
Marcia McNutt, AAAS, Editor of Science magazine, Geophysicist
DU Xiangwan, CAE Member
5:00 PM – 5:25 PM
Student Day competition report
Chair: Yannis Yortsos, Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
5:25 PM – 5:30 PM
Closing remarks
Zhou Ji, President of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)
5:30 PM
Summit adjourns