The Grand Challenges for Engineering


When: Mon, December 5, 2016, 9am – Tue, December 6, 2016, 5pm, 2016
Where: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [exact venue to be announced]
Admission: Free [for the competition]

Throughout human history, engineering has driven the advance of civilization. From the metallurgists who ended the Stone Age to the shipbuilders who united the world’s peoples through travel and trade. An international group of leading technological thinkers were asked to identify the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. This is what they arrived at: [No items like 'Travel to Mars' probably because the compilers wanted to address immediate, practical challenges.]
  • Make solar energy economical
  • Enhance virtual reality
  • Reverse-engineer the brain
  • Engineer better medicines
  • Advance health informatics
  • Restore and improve urban infrastructure
  • Secure cyberspace
  • Provide access to clean water
  • Provide energy from fusion
  • Prevent nuclear terror
  • Manage the nitrogen cycle
  • Develop carbon sequestration methods
  • Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
If you want to be part of the solution, join the Kuala Lumpur Global Technopreneurship Challenge KLGTC 2016.  You can work with a team at your school, university or community to produce a solution for one of the featured challenges. Solutions should be original, innovative and possess clear business value. Teams with the best solutions will be invited to Kuala Lumpur to participate in the finals where they will be given the opportunity to pitch to investors to increase their chances to commercialise their solutions.

To participate:
  • Jun 13  Register for course
  • Jul  18  Attend the course [online]
  • Oct 31  Do the project
  • Dec 05  Finals
Course content [to prepare for the Challenge]
  • What is CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate)?
  • Building the Dream Team
  • Facing the Challenge
  • Technopreneurship
  • Achieving the Breakthrough
  • See you in Kuala Lumpur!
Judging criteria include:
  • How well is the Grand Challenge addressed
  • How multi-national the team is
  • Technological and economical viability
Organisers & Advisors:
  • Prof. Tariq A. Aldowaisan, Kuwait University
  • Prof. Mushtak Al-Atabi, Taylor’s University
  • Randy Atkins, National Academy of Engineering
  • Iqbal Al-Shayji. Kuwait University
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Richard Buckland, University of New South Wales
  • Dr. Hans Hoyer, Global Engineering Deans Council
  • Dr. Andrea Belz, University of Southern California
  • Allison Sander, Boston Consulting Group
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Jennifer DeBoer, Purdue University
  • Prof. Dr. Takayuki Saito, Shizouka University
  • Ruth David, National Academy of Engineering