In September, the National Academy of Engineering will announce 20 Grand Challenges in Engineering for the 21st century. The challenges will be identified by a distinguished panel, chaired by former Defense Secretary William Perry. Says NAE President William Wulf, “we hope that the outcomes of this project will provide a guide toward the future for engineers, a tangible motivation for young people who want to make a difference, and a better public understanding about how engineering shapes our world.”
The Academy and the committee are asking for community input, which can be given at the Grand Challenge web site, www.engineeringchallenges.org
. According to Wulf, those nominating grand challenges should consider particularly the areas of their expertise, and include pertinent back-up materials.
Among the other committee members are former NIH Director Bernadine Healy, “Applied Minds” Chairman and former Disney Imagineer Danny Hillis, Google co-founder Larry Page, APS Fellow and Princeton professor Robert Socolow, and human genome sequencer J. Craig Venter.