The 14 NAE Grand Challenges

In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering for the 21st Century. The Grand Challenges are a call to action and offers opportunities and challenges affecting the quality of life. The University of Bridgeport’s School of Engineering is embracing NAE’s call to action and is already involved with ongoing initiatives.

  1. Make Solar Energy Economical
  2. Provide Energy for Fusion
  3. Develop Carbon Sequestration
  4. Manage the Nitrogen Cycle
  5. Provide Access to Clean Water
  6. Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
  7. Advance Health Informatics
  8. Engineer Better Medicines
  9. Reverse-Engineer the Brain
  10. Prevent Nuclear Terror
  11. Secure Cyberspace
  12. Enhance Virtual Reality
  13. Advance Personalized Learning
  14. Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery

More information on the 14 National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges can be found at the Academy’s website:

For more information about the program, contact:

Dr. Jani Pallis, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
University of Bridgeport School of Engineering

Engineering Technology Building, Office 156
126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604