The Grand Challenges for Engineering were made public at a news conference during the AAAS meeting in Boston on Feb. 15, 2008.
Charles M. Vest, NAE President, and seven members of the committee that identified the Grand Challenges for Engineering were present:
The news conference was recorded, and audio is available in the files below. (Please note that at the beginning of some of the audio recordings are questions that were not captured well by the news conference microphones; however, the responses from Charles M. Vest and the committee members are easy to hear.)
AAAS News Conference audio on Grand Challenges
Press Conference - Introduction
Introduction by Charles M. Vest, NAE President
Press Conference - William Perry remarks
Remarks by William Perry, committee chair, Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor, Professor of Engineering, and Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Press Conference - Calestous Juma remarks
Remarks by Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Press Conference - Question 1
Charles M. Vest answers a question about why the project was begun.
Press Conference - Question 2
William Perry and Charles M. Vest describe the relationship of the Grand Challenges to the "ecology of innovation."
Press Conference - Question 3
Charles M. Vest talks about future activities related to the project; William Perry states a need for space probes and instrumentation.
Press Conference - Question 4
Robert Langer and Charles M. Vest discuss reverse engineering of the brain.
Press Conference - Question 5
William Perry describes potential uses of virtual reality.
Press Conference - Question 6
William Perry and Robert Langer address geoengineering and climate change.
Press Conference - Question 7 Kurzweil
Raymond Kurzweil explains why solar energy is so promising.
Press Conference - Question 8
Raymond Kurzweil and William Perry discuss the potential of fusion.
Press Conference - Question 9
Raymond Kurzweil describes connections between the Grand Challenges and ideas found in his own, earlier publications, particularly in energy and medicine.
Press Conference - Question 10
Charles M. Vest talks about the meaning of "engineering" in public discourse.