Grand Challenges for Engineering  -  Mar 01, 2015

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Role and biographies of members of the Committee on Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Expertise. Vision. Curiosity. Involvement. Enthusiasm.

In forming the Grand Challenges for Engineering committee, the NAE sought leading thinkers with a wide range of expertise and experience.  This project brings together a diverse group of people dedicated to improving quality of life around the globe.

  • William Perry, Committee Chair, (Former Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense) Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor and Professor of Engineering, Stanford University
  • Alec Broers, Chairman, Science and Technology Select Committee, United Kingdom House of Lords
  • Farouk El-Baz, Research Professor and Director, Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University
  • Wesley Harris, Department Head and Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Bernadine Healy, Health Editor and Columnist, U.S. News & World Report
  • W. Daniel Hillis, Chairman and Co-Founder, Applied Minds, Inc.
  • Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard University
  • Dean Kamen, Founder and President, DEKA Research and Development Corp.
  • Raymond Kurzweil, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
  • Robert Langer, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jaime Lerner, Architect and Urban Planner, Instituto Jaime Lerner
  • Bindu Lohani, Director General and Chief Compliance Officer, Asian Development Bank
  • Jane Lubchenco, Wayne and Gladys Valley Professor of Marine Biology and Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University
  • Mario Molína, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California
  • Larry Page, Co-Founder and CEO, Google, Inc.
  • Robert Socolow, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University Environmental Institute
  • J. Craig Venter, President, The J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Jackie Ying, Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The committee's task was to identify the grand challenges for engineering --- problems and opportunities --- facing those born at the dawn of this new century.  The Challenges were announced in early 2008.

This project is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Award # ENG-063206.

For more information, please contact Randy Atkins, Project Director, at

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