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Nov 14, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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THE FOURTEEN GRAND CHALLENGES OF
ENGINEERING


Date:
2/4/10

Prepared by:
Javier
Kienzle
, Fellow
-

GK12

Program

Presented at:

Columbia High School

Supported by:

NSF Graduate Teaching Fellow in K
-
12 Education Program

Associated Institution:
Stevens Institute of Technology
-

Hoboken, NJ

Sources:

NAE, NRC (2009)

Keep in mind…



“Although engineers cannot solve these

challenges alone, neither can the challenges

be solved without engineers.”


Making Solar Power Economical




There is a natural efficiency
for converting solar energy
to electricity.



This limit is imposed by
material properties.


Providing Energy from Fusion


In essence, fusion is the
opposite of fission
(nuclear reactors)



E = mc
2



Requires 100 million
Kelvin!

Developing Carbon
-
Sequestration
Methods


CO
2

pollution is a big
problem



How do we “capture”
it instead of releasing
it into the atmosphere?


Chemically


Store underground


Reduce emissions



Managing the Nitrogen Cycle


Nitrogen is abundant in out
atmosphere, and essential
for life.



Humans have made an
impact: nitrogen overload


Fertilizer


Fossil
-
fuels




Providing Access to Clean Water

Restoring Urban Infrastructure

Reverse
-
Engineering the Brain

Preventing Nuclear Terror

Last but not least…


Engineering better medicines


Advancing health informatics


Securing Cyberspace


Enhancing virtual reality


Advance personalized learning


Engineering the tools of scientific discovery

Questions

Questions or Comments?