Grand Challenges for Engineering
"From urban centers to remote corners of Earth, the depths of the oceans to space, humanity has
always sought to transcend barriers, overcome challenges, and create opportunities that improve
life in our part of the universe. In the last century alone, many great engineering achievements
became so commonplace that we now take them mostly for granted. Technology allows an abundant
supply of food and safe drinking water for much of the world. We rely on electricity for many of
our daily activities. We can travel the globe with relative ease, and bring goods and services
wherever they are needed. Growing computer and communications technologies are opening up vast
stores of knowledge and entertainment. As remarkable as these engineering achievements are,
certainly just as many more great challenges and opportunities remain to be realized. While some
seem clear, many others are indistinct and many more surely lie beyond most of our imaginations.
Today, we begin engineering a path to the future."
The 14 grand challenges for engineering in the next century were proposed by the National Academy of Engineering (a government-created non-profit institution in the United States) in February 2008. These challenges encompass a wide spectrum of problems and concerns in areas such as engineering, science and technology.

HCI's STEM programme has chosen to adopt these grand challenges to allow students to work on their STEM-related projects with a greater end in mind, widening their perspectives on how they can contribute to resolve global and national problems.

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