How can engineering meet the future’s toughest challenges? Create a 1-2 minute video to answer this question, and enter the Engineering For You 2 Video Contest. Grand prize for the most inspiring video is $25,000. Entry deadline is March 2, 2015.
The E4U2 contest is sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, which has named 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering. Your video should show how achieving one or more of these challenges could lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world. The 14 challenges are:
Make solar energy economical: Solar energy provides less than 1% of the world's total energy, but it has the potential to provide much, much more. Provide energy from fusion: Human-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. Develop carbon sequestration methods: Engineers are working on ways to capture and store excess carbon dioxide to prevent global warming. Manage the nitrogen cycle: Engineers can help restore balance to the nitrogen cycle with better fertilization technologies and by capturing and recycling waste. Provide access to clean water: The world's water supplies are facing new threats; affordable, advanced technologies could make a difference for millions of people around the world. Restore and improve urban infrastructure: Good design and advanced materials can improve transportation and energy, water, and waste systems, and also create more sustainable urban environments. Advance health informatics: Stronger health information systems not only improve everyday medical visits, but they are essential to counter pandemics and biological or chemical attacks. Engineer better medicines: Engineers are developing new systems to use genetic information, sense small changes in the body, assess new drugs, and deliver vaccines. Reverse-engineer the brain: The intersection of engineering and neuroscience promises great advances in health care, manufacturing, and communication. Prevent nuclear terror: The need for technologies to prevent and respond to a nuclear attack is growing. Secure cyberspace: It's more than preventing identity theft. Critical systems in banking, national security, and physical infrastructure may be at risk. Enhance virtual reality: True virtual reality creates the illusion of actually being in a difference space. It can be used for training, treatment, and communication. Advance personalized learning: Instruction can be individualized based on learning styles, speeds, and interests to make learning more reliable. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery: In the century ahead, engineers will continue to be partners with scientists in the great quest for understanding many unanswered questions of nature.