Grand challenges are ambitious but achievable goals that harness science, technology, and innovation to solve important national or global problems, and that have the potential to capture the public's imagination.
As a species, we face a range of challenges that pose threats to our survival. When we analyze the fall of major civilizations of the past it was not war but more often environmental and resource implosion which did them in.
Over the last decade the Grand Challenges family of programs has fostered innovation and partnership to address some of the world's most difficult global health and development challenges for the poor and marginalized.
By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities and face the same urban environmental concerns currently present in the L.A. region. UCLA aims to transform L.A. into a global model with natural ecosystems.
We live in exciting times in higher education. New institutions of higher education are springing all over the developing world. With a large portion of society falling in the college-going age group in many countries across the globe, the demand for higher education is immense.
The ecosystem of an educational institution has the capacity to create change, provided we give a platform where ideas can nourish and flourish. By student sourcing global development, we will match the toughest problems with our most prized resource of all: creativity.
While engineers' impact in improving our health is unquestionable in the developed world, the same can not be said yet about their role in solving the grand challenges in health in the developing world.