June 29, 2017

Engineering Academies Host 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit in Washington – July 18-20

The third Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS), jointly organized by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, will be held July 18-20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  Based on the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, the GGCS series aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity.  Highlighted topics include virtual reality and artificial intelligence, engineering and health care, climate change, and reverse engineering the brain. 

Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, will give a keynote address on July 19 at 9 a.m. EDT.

Other speakers during panel sessions and workshops on July 19 and 20 include:

All addresses during the summit will take place in the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st St. N.W., Washington D.C.  Those who cannot attend may view a live video webcast of the events at www.nae.edu.  The full agenda is available online.  Learn more about the summit and its speakers through our video series.  Follow the summit on social media using #GGCS2017.

Please contact Maggie Bartolomeo (info below) if you would like to register to attend the summit.

The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.

Randy Atkins
202-334-1508; e-mail atkins@nae.edu
Maggie Bartolomeo
202-334-2226; e-mail mbartolomeo@nae.edu         

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