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NAE Grand Challenges Speaker Series February 2020

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Join us for our next speaker events of the Spring 2020 semester during February! 

In partnership with the National Academy of Engineering and the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, the Grand Challenges Scholars Program at ASU invites you to an engaging speaker series focusing on the 14 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.

Learn more about the speakers and register for the speaker series events.

Three Transportation Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future
Presented by Daniel Sperling of University of California, Davis

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
3 p.m.
Biodesign B (BDB) auditorium, Tempe campus [map]
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Daniel Sperling

Daniel Sperling

Passenger transportation has seen little system innovation in half a century. That is now changing. The ubiquity of smart phones is enabling the commercialization of a range of new mobility services; rapid advances in battery and fuel cell technology are enabling electrification of vehicles; and rapid advances in sensing and AI technologies is enabling automation of vehicles. The challenge for researchers is to anticipate and understand the transformations, and for policymakers to direct these revolutions toward the public interest.

Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. He holds the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board (first appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007) and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies. He was awarded the 2018 Roy W. Crum award from TRB, its highest research award, and was the 2013 recipient of the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation, described as the Nobel Prize for the environmental sciences, and served twice as lead author for the IPCC (sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize). He has testified 8 times to the US Congress, and has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 13 books, including Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future (Island Press, 2018), is a regular contributor to Forbes and an Energy Expert contributor for Wall Street Journal, is widely cited in leading newspapers, been interviewed many times on NPR radio, including Science Friday, Talk of the Nation, Marketplace, and Fresh Air, and in 2009 was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.


Security vs. Capability: Lessons for the Future of Cybersecurity
Presented by Nadya Bliss of Arizona State University

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Biodesign B (BDB) auditorium, Tempe campus [map]
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Nadya Bliss

Nadya Bliss

Nadya T. Bliss will discuss the historical context that led to the creation of today’s information technology ecosystem, why capability was consistently prioritized over security, and how to move forward with a reinvigorated security mindset.

Bliss is the Executive Director of the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University. In that capacity, she leads a pan-university institute-level organization advancing research, education, and other programming in support of national and global security. Prior to leading GSI, Nadya spent time as an Assistant Vice President, Research Strategy at ASU and a decade in various positions at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, most recently as the founding Group Leader of the Computing and Analytics Group. She has proven expertise in growing mission focused research organizations, strategic planning, and organizational design, deep knowledge of the technology transition pipeline, and significant experience identifying advanced research capabilities to address mission and application needs. Nadya is actively involved in advisory boards and national committees, including current service as an Executive Committee member of the Computing Community Consortium and an upcoming appointment as the vice-chair of the DARPA ISAT (Information Science and Technology) Study Group.

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