Raleigh Grand Challenge Summit 2010

North Carolina State University and Duke University

Grand Challenge Summit

March 3-5, 2010

From March 3-5, more than 600 engineers, students and other interested parties gathered in Raleigh, N.C., for the first of the 2010 year’s five Regional Grand Challenge Summits. The purpose of these sessions is to address how engineers and others can solve the 14 largest issues facing the world, as recently identified by the National Academy of Engineering. The Raleigh sessions were co-sponsored by Duke and North Carolina State University. The following stories in this special edition of Duke Engineering News will cover the issues discussed at the ssessions, which ranged in topics from nuclear fusion to engineering better medicine.

Event Program:

Grand Challenge Summit in Raleigh, NC

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Welcome by Marshall Brain, summit emcee and founder of "HowStuffWorks"

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Session I: Grand Challenges - The Industry View 
Keynote Speaker
Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO, GE

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Session II - Engineering Better Medicines
Spotlight Speaker
Timothy Deming, chair of the Department of Bioengineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles 

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Panel II – Engineering Better Medicines
Moderator: Nancy Allbritton, professor and chair, UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
Fred Hassan, former chairman of the board and CEO of Schering-Plough
Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, director of the Center for Genomic Medicine, Duke University
Joseph DeSimone, professor of chemistry, University of North Carolina; professor of chemical engineering, North Carolina State University

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Session III - Energy Grand Challenges
Keynote Speaker
Kristina Johnson, undersecretary of energy, U.S. Department of Energy

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Session III - Energy Grand Challenges
Spotlight Speaker
Vikram Rao, executive director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium

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Panel III – Energy Grand Challenges
Moderator: Mark Johnson, program director, Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) Program
David Hill, deputy director, Idaho National Laboratory 
Mark Wyatt, vice president, Smart Energy Systems, Duke Energy
David C. Dayton, biofuels director, Center for Energy Technology, RTI International
Vikram Rao, executive director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium

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Session IV - Nuclear Fusion
Spotlight Speaker
Ed Moses, principal associate director, National Ignition Facility and Photon Science, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Session IV - Nuclear Fusion 
Spotlight Speaker
Ned Sauthoff, U.S. director, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

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Panel IV - Nuclear Fusion
Moderator: Andrew C. Klein, professor, Nuclear Energy and Radiation Health Physics, Oregon State University
Ed Moses, principal associate director, National Ignition Facility and Photon Science, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Ned Sauthoff, U.S. director, International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
Farrokh Najmabadi, director, Center for Energy Research, University of California, San Diego

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Session V - American Innovation and Competitiveness
Keynote Speaker
John T. Chambers, chairman and CEO, CISCO

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Session V - American Innovation and Competitiveness 
Spotlight Speaker
Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO, Battelle Memorial Institute

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Session V - American Innovation and Competitiveness 
Special Legislative Address
Ted Kaufman, U.S. senator (D, Delaware)  

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Panel V - American Innovation and Competitiveness
Moderator: Lynn Soby, vice president of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, RTI International
John T. Chambers, chairman and CEO, CISCO 
Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO, Battelle Memorial Institute 
Ted Kaufman, U.S. senator (D, Delaware)   

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Session VI – Nuclear Security and Safeguards
Spotlight Speaker
Graham Allison, professor, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Session VI - Nuclear Security and Safeguards
Dale Klein, commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Panel VI – Nuclear Security and Safeguards
Moderator: John F. Ahearne, vice-chairman, Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee
William S. Charlton, associate professor, Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiative, Texas A&M
Howard Hall, professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee
Graham Allison, professor, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Dale Klein, commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Session VII - Student Leader Panel
Moderator, Marshall Brain, summit emcee and founder of "How Stuff Works"
Maggie Hoff, Duke University 2010, Civil Engineering
Will Patrick, Duke University 2010, Mechanical Engineering
Patrick Ye, Duke University 2010, Biomedical Engineering
Kendall Fitzgerald, North Carolina State University 2010, Chemical Engineering
Christine Johnsen, North Carolina State University 2010, Nuclear Engineering
John Sanderson, North Carolina State University 2010, Biomedical Engineering

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