How to Change the World

More than 150 students took part in this activity in which students had opportunities to interact with each other and ultimately create a broadly accessible podcast inspired by what they heard at the Summit and focused on how to engineer a better world, with an eye toward the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Bethany Gordon, an engineering student at the University of Virginia, won the competition with a podcast that explained how virtual reality can be used to promote better understanding, collaboration, sustainability and engineering solutions even in places that aren’t easily accessible. The runners-up were Yun Gu (Peking University) and Katie Brown (Auburn University) for a podcast that looks at the barriers to women entering the engineering profession. Those three students will have their expenses paid to attend the 2019 GGCS in London courtesy of the Royal Academy of Engineering. You can listen to the winning podcasts, and those of the other finalists, here: