Past Lectures Archive
April 24, 2014
Engineering for the Body: Reverse Engineering of the Brain
Human biologists, computer scientists and engineers are teaming to advance neuroscience toward achieving yet another one of NAE’s Grand Challenges, namely, understanding the complex network we call brain. Modern noninvasive methods can simultaneously measure the activity of many brain cells. Comprehension of how the brain works will enable engineers to simulate its activities, leading to deeper insights about how and why the brain works and fails.
October 24, 2013
Engineering for the Body: Reproducing body functions
Over the last several years, engineering has empowered numerous innovations in the field of medicine that have improved the lives of many. These innovations cover a wide array of areas, including prostheses (producing limbs with 3D printers) and transplants, nanotubes, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine (growing body forms) and genetic medicine to name just a few.
April 25, 2013
Bioengineering: Robotics and Medicine
Over the past century, engineering has made numerous fundamental contribution to the field of medicine. From the most prosaic forms of engineering like sewer and water sanitation, to chemical engineering processes to produce drugs like penicillin in economical form, and now with medical applications of robotics, engineering has been crucial is increasing human life expectancy.
October 25, 2012
California's Clean Transportation Future
The world needs fundamental and rapid changes in transportation technology, fuels and systems because of the immense and growing impact of transportation on the planet. Increasingly, these impacts stem from three main and integrated challenges: urban air quality, energy security and climate change.
April 26, 2012
The United States Energy Challenge
American energy independence will be achieved when all cars, trucks and buses on U.S. highways - boats, ships and barges on U.S. waterways - aircraft flying U.S. airways - trains on U.S. railways - and off-road recreational, construction and farm vehicles, are powered by transportation fuels made in the USA from U.S. resources.
October 27, 2011
Smart Grid: How Smart Is It?
Our nation’s electric power infrastructure that has served us so well for so long – also known as “the grid” – is rapidly running up against its limitations. Our lights may be on, but systemically, the risks associated with relying on an often-overtaxed grid grow in size, scale and complexity every day.
April 27, 2011
Cyber Security and You
Your data is at risk and you need to protect it. Our growing dependence on information technology has given rise to the need for greater protection of digital networks and infrastructures.
October 14, 2010
California's Water Challenge
Water is life. We simply need it to survive. Where does our water come from? The faucet is only the final stop. Depending on where you are in the world, your supply may be drawn from groundwater, surface water such as lakes, rivers or reservoirs, or desalinated seawater.
November 12, 2009
Sustainability of Our Planet
The long-term maintenance of human wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of the world around us, which in turn depends on the responsible use of natural resources.It is now clear that human activities have a significant and sharply escalating impact on the biodiversity of world ecosystems, and there is abundant scientific evidence that humanity is living unsustainably.