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ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy: Explore the Grand Challenges

National Academy of Engineeering: 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. Their 14 game-changing goals for improving life on the planet, announced in 2008, are outlined here. The committee suggested these Grand Challenges fall into four cross-cutting themes: Sustainability, Health, Security, and Joy of Living."- NAE Grand Challenges Website

The 14 Grand Challenges

Read descriptions of the challenges here

  • Advanced Personalized Learning
  • Make Solar Energy Economical
  • Enhance Virtual Reality
  • Reverse-Engineer the Brain
  • Engineering Better Medicines
  • Advance Health Informatics
  • Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
  • Secure Cyberspace
  • Provide Access to Clean Water
  • Provide Energy from Fusion
  • Prevent Nuclear Terror
  • Manage the Nitrogen Cycle
  • Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods
  • Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery



  1. Search for resources, in groups, on one of the Grand Challenges to the left. You can use the USC Libraries search or a more subject specific engineering database.
  2. Select one of the resources you found and discuss it within your group.
  3. Try to visually explain how this article discusses one of the Grand Challenges.

Example Visual Solution