Join us for our first speaker events of the spring 2020 semester!
In partnership with the National Academy of Engineering and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, the Grand Challenges Scholars Program at Arizona State University invites you to an engaging speaker series focusing on the fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century.
Esteemed speakers from across the nation will come to ASU to share their expertise in their field, discuss the grand challenges our world faces and answer probing questions on what can be done.
NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering Speaker Series: The Path from Research to Products
Presented by Frances S. Ligler
A decade into her research career in biochemistry and immunology, Dr. Ligler realized that she needed to learn engineering in order to create effective solutions to human problems and to build the biosensors she could imagine being used outside the lab. She also grew to realize that innovative biosensors were multi-use with health as the endpoint–whether the application was medical, environmental, food safety or homeland security. Science discovers the previously unknown, engineering creates what previously did not exist, and technology transition benefits society. In one woman’s experience, it is possible to do it all!
NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering Speaker Series: Why Do We Explore?
Presented by Lindy Elkins-Tanton
The NASA Psyche mission is a robotic investigation of an unexplored kind of asteroid, the asteroid Psyche, that orbit the Sun out between Mars and Jupiter. Systems engineering is the leap of human evolution that allows us to together build something that will work in space for a decade, without repair. Why do we explore, and what drives us to create these technology miracles? Exploration is a human imperative, and gives us the opportunity — however fleeting — to become our better and more authentic selves.