President Obama recently noted that the horrendous loss of manufacturing jobs “underscores the importance of generating new businesses and industries to replace the ones we’ve lost, and of preparing our workers to fill the jobs they create.” Rising Above the Gathering Storm defined the necessary federal investments and policy changes to enable this, the NAE Engineering Grand Challenges and the Academies’ America’s Energy Future set the stage, and now we must focus on execution.

The distinguished panel (see below) will explore the roles of academia, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, global corporations, challenge prizes, and governments in unleashing technological innovation to rebuild a real economy and meet 21st century challenges. They will also share thoughts about what new broadly empowering technologies may develop to facilitate economic growth.


Ali Velshi, chief business correspondent and co-host of Your Money, CNN


  • Jean-Lou Chameau, president of Caltech and former provost of Georgia Tech

  • Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation

  • Judy Estrin, former CTO of Cisco, serial entrepreneur, and author on innovation

  • Chad Holliday, former chairman and CEO of DuPont

  • Steve Koonin, U.S. Under Secretary of Energy for Science, former vice president of BP, and former provost of Caltech

  • Raymond Lane, managing partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and former president of Oracle

  • Tony Tan Keng Yam, former deputy prime minister of Singapore, now chairman of the National Research Foundation (of Singapore) and executive director of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation

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