NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering Speaker Series
About NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering Speaker Series
In partnership with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) at Arizona State University (ASU) invite you to an engaging speaker series, focusing on the fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century and applying an entrepreneurial mindset. 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.
Open to all ASU students, GCSP students, and anyone else interested in learning more about the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.
BioDesign Building B (BDB) | Auditorium (Map)
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Past Speakers & Videos
Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
Dr. Edward Kavazanjian, Jr. is a Regents Professor and the Ira A. Fulton Professor of Geotechnical Engineering. He joined the faculty at Arizona State University in August 2004 after 20 years as a practicing civil engineer. Dr. Kavazanjian has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In August 2015, he became Director of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) at ASU, a National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center dedicated to the emerging sub-discipline of biogeotechnical engineering.
Provide Global Access to Sanitation and Clean Water
Dr. Jeremy Guest is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His research focuses on the development of technologies for sustainable water and sanitation, with a focus on resource recovery from bodily excreta in technologically advanced and developing communities. Dr. Guest serves as the Sustainable Design Lead for the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Sustainability Lead for the Soybean Innovation Lab funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the 2016 recipient of the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in applied water quality research from the Water Research Foundation, and a Beckman Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study at UIUC. His research has been sponsored by a number of agencies including the NSF, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. DOE, the USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Guest’s formal training includes a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Bucknell University and Virginia Tech, respectively, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.
Low-cost solar energy is here, what’s next?
Dr. Nate Siegel is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Bucknell University. He has over a decade of research experience developing concentrating solar power and fuel production technologies. Recently, Dr. Siegel was a team member on the SunShot-funded Falling Particle Receiver project, and also advised a student who designed and built a novel high-flux solar simulator used for thermochemical reactor testing. Prior to coming to Bucknell, Dr. Siegel worked at Sandia National Labs in the Solar Technologies group on projects including high temperature receiver development, solar fuels, and molten salt heat transfer fluid synthesis and testing.
Connected Humanitarianism, Affordable Med-tech and the Future of Global Health
Dr. Dayaprasad Kulkarni has over a decade of experience in creating innovative solutions to healthcare problems for populations underserved by capitalist healthcare systems. He is a founding trustee of Sunbird Trust which helps bring peace to Northeast India through education and a founding trustee of Ayang trust which addresses educational, healthcare and livelihood challenges in Assam, India. He is the founder and director of Aarogya Seva: Global Health Volunteer Alliance, a transnational, not-for-profit, micro-volunteering platform that provides marginalized individuals and communities with access to local, sustainable, quality, and comprehensive healthcare for low or no cost. He has advised several startups to rethink public health problems through technology solutions. Among these health-tech initiatives are Taal, India’s first low-cost digital stethoscope; Tech4Health, an open innovation micro-volunteering platform, Sushruta Med-Tech Incubator and Enabler, MyCliniCare which brings digital breast cancer screening to your doorstep; HeartWare, a handheld EKG device; WellBeeing Integrative Medicine clinic; and 3D Usher, a 3D designing and manufacturing service.
Learn to Not Fear the Dragon: Using AR/VR to Understand Complex Problems
Dennis Bonilla is the Chief Technology Officer for Baltu Studios. With 20 years of technology experience, Mr. Bonilla has helped create data visualization software and decision support systems for NASA and other U.S. agencies and has served in roles supporting committees advising U.S. President Barack Obama about options for future human space flight. At Baltu Studios, Dennis is creating immersive tools to enhance human capabilities. Baltu Studios leverages AR/VR/XR to help companies understand and solve complex problems. Dennis has spoken on space and science at SXSWi, IGN HQ, Phoenix Comicon, the ONA Annual Conference, and Star Wars Celebration, and has collaborated with the Center for Science and the Imagination on projects exploring science fiction and the future. Dennis also co-hosts the popular monthly Phoenix VR For Good Meetup.