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NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering Speaker Series

About NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering Speaker Series

In partnership with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) at Arizona State University (ASU) invite you to an engaging speaker series, focusing on the fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. Esteemed speakers from across the nation will come to ASU to share their expertise in their field, discuss the grand challenges our world faces, and answer probing questions on what can be done.


Open to all ASU students, GCSP students, and anyone else interested in learning more about the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.


Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building IV (ISTB4)| Marston Theater


Can’t make it in person? Register below and choose to attend by livestream at checkout. You’ll receive a link for the livestream the day of the event!


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Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 6:00PM-7:00PM MST Refreshments in the lobby beginning at 5:30pm MST

Edward Kavazanjian, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE

In this talk, Dr. Kavazanjian will focus on the Grand Challenge of Restoring and Improving Urban Infrastructure within the theme of sustainability.

Dr. Edward Kavazanjian, Jr. is a Regents Professor and the Ira A. Fulton Professor of Geotechnical Engineering. He joined the faculty at Arizona State University in August 2004 after 20 years as a practicing civil engineer. Dr. Kavazanjian has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2013, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In August 2015, he became Director of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) at ASU, a National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center dedicated to the emerging sub-discipline of biogeotechnical engineering.