Washington, DC
July 18 – 20, 2017

Agenda

 

July 18, 2017
 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Pre-Summit Student Day
 National Academy of Sciences Building, Washington, DC
 6:00 PM Opening Reception, Combined with FIRST Global
Location to be finalized
 

July 19, 2017

 

Global Grand Challenges Summit

 George Washington University
 

7:00 – 8:15 AM

 

Breakfast

8:25 – 8:30 AM General Welcome and Introductions of Academy Presidents
Gordon England, National Academy of Engineering Chair
8:30 – 9:00 AM Academy Presidents Welcoming Remarks
Zhou Ji, The Chinese Academy of Engineering
David Thomlinson, The Royal Academy of Engineering
C. Dan Mote, Jr., The National Academy of Engineering
9:00 – 11:55 AM Keynote Address
Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation
Additional speakers coming soon
11:55 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch and Student Poster Session, GWU University Yard
12:30 – 1:35 PM Student Poster Session
1:45 – 3:05 PM 1st Workshop: Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence
Moderator: Ali Velshi, Chief Business Correspondent, NBC News and Anchor of MSNBC Live
Virtual Reality: After Half a Century, it’s Finally Here - But This is Only the Beginning
Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist, Oculus VR
Advances in Deep Learning Research for Building Intelligent Computer Systems
Jeffrey Dean, Google Senior Fellow, Google
3:05 – 3:45 PM Afternoon Break
3:45 – 5:05 PM 2nd Workshop: Engineering and Healthcare
Moderator: Ali Velshi, Chief Business Correspondent, NBC News and Anchor of MSNBC Live
 Engineering Biomaterials for Human Health
Molly Stevens, Professor, Imperial College
Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, United Kingdom
5:05 – 5:45 PM Grand Challenges Scholars Program
Moderator: Thomas Katsouleas, Provost, University of Virginia
Student Speakers from the Grand Challenge Scholars Program
Ellen Chisa, Student, Harvard University
Kushal Seetharam, Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aaron Gordon, Student, Clemson University
Amara Uyanna, Student, University of Texas, Austin
6:00 – 8:00 PM All Attendees Reception
US Institute of Peace, Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC
 7:00 - 9:00 PM Sponsor Dinner, by invitation
8:00 – 10:00 PM Student-Sponsor Networking Social Event, GWU Campus
 

July 20, 2017

 

7:30 – 8:15 AM Breakfast
8:30 – 9:50 AM 3rd Workshop: Sustainability
Moderator: Ali Velshi, Chief Business Correspondent, NBC News and Anchor of MSNBC Live
The Increasing Risks of the Global Climate Change and Sustainable Governance
Ding Yihui, Senior Advisor, China Meteorological Administration
Urbanization: Its Global Challenges and the New China Solutions
Wu Zhiqiang, Vice President, Tongji University
9:50 – 10:30 AM Morning Break
10:30 – 11:50 PM 4th Workshop: Reverse Engineer the Brain
Moderator: Ali Velshi, Chief Business Correspondent, NBC News and Anchor of MSNBC Live
Understanding the Circuit Elements That Make Up a Brain
Christof Koch, President and Chief Scientific Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Miniaturized and Minimally Invasive Interfaces to the Brain
Rikky Muller, Professor, UC Berkeley
11:50 – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 – 1:15 PM Brain Storming Session
Small Group Discussions, Participants Choose Preferred Topics During Registration
1:30 – 2:10 PM Next Steps
Moderator: Richard Miller, President, Olin College
Panelists:
Yannis Yortsos, Dean of Engineering, University of Southern California
Thomas Katsouleas, Provost, University of Virginia
2:10– 3:25 PM Education/Public Engagement
Moderator: Ali Velshi, Chief Business Correspondent, NBC News and Anchor of MSNBC Live
 Education Panelists:
Scott Settar, Program Manager, Technology and Engineering Education and STEAM Integration, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
Pamela Brumfield, Principal, Thomas A. Edison High School, Alexandria, Virginia
Katherine Shirey, Program Manager, Lever Engineering Group, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
Francis Reyes, Global STEM Challenges Program Participant,  Edison High School, Alexandria, Virginia
Public Engagement Panelists:
Deanne Bell, Host of CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor”
Dean Kamen, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Founder of FIRST Robotics
3:25 – 4:05 PM Afternoon Break
4:05 – 4:40 PM GGCS Student Presentations
Moderator: Yannis Yortsos, Dean of Engineering, University of Southern California
Student Day Competition Winners
4:40 – 5:10 PM Closing Remarks
C. Dan Mote, Jr., The National Academy of Engineering
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GGCS Student Poster Competition

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit includes an opportunity for students to present research posters. Graduate and undergraduate students were invited to submit abstracts of their research for consideration. Selected abstracts were chosen for the poster presentation, which will take place during an extended lunchtime session (11:55am to 1:35pm) at the Summit on July 19th, 2017.

Evening Activities

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FIRST and GGCS Evening Reception

GGCS participants are invited to join FIRST attendees to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres at a welcome reception. Suggested attire is business casual.

Evening of July 18, 2017

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GGCS Welcome Reception

GGCS participants are invited to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres at a reception at the United States Institute of Peace, on Constitution Avenue, overlooking the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial. The GGCS welcome reception will give attendees the opportunity to interact with Summit speakers, and fellow attendees. Suggested attire is business casual.

Evening of July 19, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit

Wide Audience

GGCS will bring together a diverse group of individuals ranging from promising students and early-career engineers to renowned international experts.

Speakers & Sessions

The Summit combines plenary speakers and technical sessions that ensure interactions between the audience and speakers to forge new insights into the Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Inspirational

Aiming to inspire not only engineers but also artists, economists, designers, philosophers, scientists, politicians, industry leaders, and educators to address humanity's important challenges and opportunities.

Networking

The interactive nature of the Summit will provide many opportunities to network and create lasting connections with other attendees.

Unique Location

The Summit will be held in Washington, DC, vibrant US capital and home to the US National Academy of Engineering, host of the 2017 GGCS.

Due to overwhelming response, registration for the Global Grand Challenges Summit has reached capacity and is now closed.

Please click on a link below to be added to the waitlist.