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DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - CONTENTS - JANE WAR­WICK

Four­teen chal­lenges were iden­ti­fied from the in­put of 40 - un­for­tu­nately un­spec­i­fied - coun­tries who con­trib­uted to what America’s National Academy of En­gi­neer­ing called a ma­jor vi­sion­ing ex­er­cise to high­light what ar­eas of en­gi­neer­ing will have great po­ten­tial for im­prov­ing mankind’s qual­ity of life. The chal­lenges were: • Make so­lar en­ergy eco­nom­i­cal. • Pro­vide en­ergy from fu­sion. • De­velop car­bon se­ques­tra­tion meth­ods. • Man­age the ni­tro­gen cy­cle. • Pro­vide ac­cess to clean water. • Re­store and im­prove ur­ban

in­fra­struc­ture. • Ad­vance health in­for­mat­ics. • En­gi­neer bet­ter medicines. • Re­verse-en­gi­neer the brain. • Pre­vent nu­clear ter­ror. • Se­cure cy­berspace. • En­hance vir­tual re­al­ity. • Ad­vance per­son­al­ized learn­ing. • En­gi­neer the tools of sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery.

To ad­dress these chal­lenges the NAE reck­ons the suc­cess­ful fu­ture en­gi­neer will need strong an­a­lyt­i­cal skills, prac­ti­cal in­ge­nu­ity, cre­ativ­ity, good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, busi­ness and man­age­ment knowl­edge, lead­er­ship, high eth­i­cal stan­dards, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, dy­namism, agility, re­silience, flex­i­bil­ity, and the pur­suit of life­long learn­ing.

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