The Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series explores the major problems facing humanity as we move into the heart of the 21st century. At a technical school, we often forget that humans play a major role in shaping the implementation of every technical solution that is developed and applied. Major problems faced by society include climate change, food security, energy security, education, poverty, and disease, all of which have partial solutions that have been opposed by segments of society. As we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, a simple solution like a mask doesn’t work if people don’t accept it.
In this series, we’re bringing in some of the world’s Great Minds to speak on the Great Problems facing society. We will discuss potential solutions, and especially the interaction of people with potential technical solutions.
For more information, contact Social Sciences Department Chair Jeff Terry.
Oct. 13, 2020: Nuclear Weapons and Society
Oct. 20, 2020: The Future of America's Nuclear Waste
Oct. 27, 2020: Protecting the Vote
Nov. 10, 2020: Human Dynamics in Smart Cities
Nov. 17, 2020: Low Carbon Energy Systems