04 NEA Grand Engineering Challenges
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Advance Personalized LeariningInstruction can be individualized based on learning styles, speeds, and interests to make learning more reliable.Edweek ArticleData & Society
Make Solar Energy EconomicalSolar energy provides less than 1% of the world's total energy, but it has the potential to provide much, much more.MIT Tech Review ArticleUniversity of Washington
Enhance Virtual RealityTrue virtual reality creates the illusion of actually being in a difference space. It can be used for training, treatment, and communication.Fronteirs ArticleStanford
Reverse Engineer the BrainThe intersection of engineering and neuroscience promises great advances in health care, manufacturing, and communication.MIT Tech Review ArticleDartmouth
Engineer Better MedicinesEngineers are developing new systems to use genetic information, sense small changes in the body, assess new drugs, and deliver vaccines.Science Daily ArticleDuke
Advance Health InformaticsStronger health information systems not only improve everyday medical visits, but they are essential to counter pandemics and biological or chemical attacks.Health Informatics ArticleGeorge Mason University
Restore and Improve Urban InfrastructureGood design and advanced materials can improve transportation and energy, water, and waste systems, and also create more sustainable urban environments.The Conversation ArticleUniversity of Michigan
Secure CyberspaceIt's more than preventing identity theft. Critical systems in banking, national security, and physical infrastructure may be at risk.Tech Innovation Management Review
University of Southern California (USC)
Provide Access to Clean WaterThe world's water supplies are facing new threats; affordable, advanced technologies could make a difference for millions of people around the world.Fair Observer ArticleUniversity of Chicago
Provide Energy from FusionHuman-engineered fusion has been demonstrated on a small scale. The challenge is to scale up the process to commercial proportions, in an efficient, economical, and environmentally benign way.Popular Mechanics ArticlePrinceton
Prevent Nuclear TerrorThe need for technologies to prevent and respond to a nuclear attack is growing.Heritage Foundation ArticleGeorgia Tech
Manage the Nitrogen CycleEngineers can help restore balance to the nitrogen cycle with better fertilization technologies and by capturing and recycling waste.Environmental Health Perspectives ArticleUniv. of California, Berkeley
Develop Carbon Sequestration MethodsEngineers are working on ways to capture and store excess carbon dioxide to prevent global warming.The Guardian ArticleMIT Group
Engineer the Tools of Scientific DiscoveryIn the century ahead, engineers will continue to be partners with scientists in the great quest for understanding many unanswered questions of nature.The Scientist ArticleCornell University
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