Discussions in Malaysia: UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Engineering’s Grand Challenges.

Yesterday, I had a chance to join colleague and friend Christina White for a discussion on the intersections between the global grand challenges (National Academy of Engineering) and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

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I will have other posts on this topic in the near future, but I want to reiterate that all scholars, in all fields should become familiar with the Grand Challenges and the SDGs. If you are looking for a topic for research, consider something connected to these humanitarian initiatives. If you are looking for a way to enhance your teaching, consider some project-based courses that utilize these areas.

Here are the NAE’s Grand Challenges:

NAE Grand Challenges Icons

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Here are the UN’s SDGs:


Sustainable Development Goals

My work with colleagues is on the intersection of these humanitarian-based targets, and how we involve diverse groups to tackle global problems.

In the coming months, I will plan to post more, and you will see that my work is at the intersection of Grand Challenge #1, and SDGs 4, 5, 16, and 17. I also work to empower other’s work in a variety of areas. It is interesting work that requires collaboration, but a great gift is when scholars young and old come to me to say that they will re-frame their teaching and research in new, meaningful ways that will reflect service to humanity. Yes, that indeed is a great gift.


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