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Fourteen Challenges the Planet Must Address to Survive
February 4, 2010

Engineers from around the world will hold discussions at The University of Texas at El Paso to address critical problems affecting the planet.

The National Academy of Engineering has called engineers to action by identifying the fourteen “Grand Challenges” that need to be solved in order to improve quality of life and health, create a sustainable future and increase renewable energy.

UTEP will host Building Partnerships and Pathways to Address Engineering Grand Challenges Conference Feb. 8th-10th at Union Building East, third floor, Tomás Rivera Conference Center. More than 80 research and government institutions from the United States, Europe, Latin America and Canada will participate.

Among the fourteen “Grand Challenges” are:

  • Providing access to clean water
  • Preventing nuclear terror
  • Making solar energy economical
  • Securing cyberspace
  • Managing the nitrogen cycle
  • Providing energy from fusion
  • Restoring and improving urban infrastructure
  • Reverse-engineering the brain

The mission of the conference is to enhance student interest in engineering and science, and emphasize the critical role engineers play in solving issues impacting our planet.

The event is open to the public. Free registration ends Jan. 31. Registration will reopen Feb. 8 at a cost of $125 per person. For more information, please visit the Grand Challenges web site.


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