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The World’s Greatest Problems Demand Engineering Innovation

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

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Futurists and technologists recently came together to draw up their own list of 14 “Grand Challenges” that they believe must be tackled by the end of this century. Among these challenges are security issues such as preventing nuclear terror and scientific goals like reverse-engineering the human brain. Most of these challenges are incredibly complex. Water alone presents numerous difficulties, whether it’s figuring out how to purify it for drinking or how to conserve it in manufacturing processes.

Engineers have already been working on ways to deal with these multi-faceted challenges in multiple areas, but there is still a long way to go. In order to come up with greater breakthroughs that can help more people, the industry must prepare engineers for innovation. Academia needs to make cross-disciplinary learning and collaboration educational priorities. Meanwhile, employers must create digital working environments that provide the necessary tools, information and sharing capabilities that will empower engineers to work together on solving 21st century challenges.

Learn more about how engineers are taking on “Grand Challenges” and what the industry can to do help in this EngineerLive piece.

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