The National Academy of Engineering received $3.25 million in contributions from the Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Charitable Trust, the Northrop Grumman Foundation, and Shell Oil Company to support the 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) and the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program.
Inspired by the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, the summit, to be held in Washington, D.C., on July 18-20, 2017, is the third in a collaborative series co-hosted by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering. The DC summit will bring together leading engineers, industry leaders, and educators from around the world to brainstorm ways of harnessing global cooperation to solve common challenges surrounding sustainability, health, security, joy of living, education, and public engagement.
Offered at dozens of engineering schools throughout the United States, the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program provides a combined curricular and extra-curricular approach to prepare students to tackle objectives that could dramatically improve quality of life around the world.
“The goal of these programs is to inspire the next generation of engineers for global engineering challenges of the 21st century, to aid the public’s understanding of engineering, and to address the progress on some of the most important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity,” said C. D. Mote, Jr., president of the National Academy of Engineering. “Thanks to contributions from these corporate partners, for the first time we are able to bring together nearly one thousand students with top engineers working at the cutting edge of some of the biggest challenges of our time.”
Lockheed Martin employs over 40,000 engineers and scientists and is committed to developing programs that educate and inspire tomorrow’s talented science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce. The company provides generous funding to STEM education outreach activities for students from pre-kindergarten through college, including initiatives that focus on student achievement, teacher development, and gender and ethnic diversity.
The Boeing Company is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. Employing more than 160,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries, Boeing is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen around the globe.
Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. They provide funding to sustainable STEM programs that span from preschool to high school and through collegiate levels, with a major emphasis on middle school students and teachers.
Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in all 50 states and employs more than 20,000 people.
The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to provide objective analysis and advice to the nation on matters of science, technology, and health.