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Grand Challenges Scholars Program at NC State

Preparing a Generation to Tackle the Grand Challenges

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The National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE’s) list of 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century is a call to action and a means of focusing society’s attention on opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life.

The NAE commissioned the following aspirational vision for what engineering needs to deliver to all people on the planet in the 21st century:

The continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, secure, healthy, and joyful.

14 Grand Challenges

With input from people around the world, an international group of leading technological thinkers were asked to identify the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century.