The video above gives a fresh overview of Princeton’s Grand Challenges initiative, which helps faculty and students tackle some of the world’s pressing problems, from climate and energy to sustainable development and global health.

The initiative is a collaboration between the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Princeton Environmental Institute. Among the engineering faculty who have undertaken Grand Challenges projects:

  • Emily Carter and Sigurd Wagner, who are designing new materials for harvesting solar energy.
  • Kelly Caylor, who is developing measures of land degradation to predict ecosystem responses to climate variations in dryland ecosystems.
  • Mung Chiang, Michael Freedman, Margaret Martonosi, and Jennifer Rexford, who are reducing the energy demands of data centers.
  • Catherine Peters, who conducts research to determine whether the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide can be stored safely underground.
  • Wole Soboyejo, who has designed, manufactured, and installed ceramic water filters in rural Nigeria to vastly improve community health.
  • Elie Bou-Zeid, who is contributing to advances in atmospheric modeling that have important implications for energy, development, and health.