Press Release

National Academy of Engineering News Conference to Announce Engineering’s Grand Challenges Feb. 15

By SpaceRef Editor
February 12, 2008
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The National Academy of Engineering will announce the “Grand Challenges for Engineering” in the 21st century. A blue-ribbon panel was convened by the NAE to identify technological challenges and opportunities that would greatly impact quality of life throughout the world. A news conference will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, starting at 2 p.m. in the newsroom at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, during the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences’ annual meeting.


— CHARLES VEST, president of NAE
— WILLIAM PERRY, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., and former U.S. secretary of defense
— RAY KURZWEIL, Kurzweil Technologies, Wellesley, Mass.
— CALESTOUS JUMA, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

A symposium to discuss research and innovation that might help address aspects of each challenge will follow the news conference from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Grand Challenges, visit

CONTACT: Randy Atkins, 202-334-1508 or e-mail

SpaceRef staff editor.