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    NAE Grand Challenges for the 21st Century: Chicago Summit 2010

    Wednesday-Thursday, April 21-22, 2010
    Fairmont Hotel
    200 North Columbus Drive | Chicago, Illinois

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    Thank you for participating in the NAE Grand Challenges Chicago Summit.

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    Presented by Illinois Institute of Technology and Chicago Council on Science and Technology, in partnership with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Grand Challenges Summit
    The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges are a grouping of critical problems that must be addressed and solved in order to maintain the United States’ national security, quality of life and sustainable future. They are a call to action and will engage the public to understand the importance of technology, policy and science to maintain and enhance our standard of living.

    The Chicago 2010 Summit is designed to stimulate the engineering, science and policy advances needed to solve these four Grand Challenges:

    • Clean Water
    • Carbon, Energy and Climate
    • Urban Sustainability
    • Global Health

    More information: Grandchallenges@iit.edu


    Thumnail image of carbon emissionHumans have long confronted the pollution created by the use of energy. The current challenge is not only the visible soot from wood and coal fires, or smog from poorly combusted gasoline and diesel, which affects human health in direct and obvious ways, but also... more »

    Keynote: Dr. John P. Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director, Office of Science and Technology Policy


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    All of life is based upon water. Insufficient clean water leads to more deaths per year than war. While there is plenty of water in the world, the problem is that either water is not where it is needed or it is not clean... more »

    Keynote: Charles O'Melia, Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

    Thumbnail image representing urban ifrastructureChicago as with other cities around the world reached a milestone this past year where more than one-half of the world's population resides in an urban environment. Cities must have an appreciation that health and urban infrastructure are inextricably coupled. more »

    Keynote:
    Roger E. Frechette III, PE, President, PositivEnergy Practice


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    Good health is essential for a quality life. A significant fraction of the infrastructure of society (our cities, transportation, water, energy and communications, systems, working environments, recreational and... more »

    Keynote: Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


    Presenting Sponsors

    Business Sponsor Panel and Keynote Sponsor

    Sargent & Lundy


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