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Every time I have used Knovel to look for an answer, checked for industry or tribal knowledge to understand or enhance code requirements, or just needed an insight on a subject, Knovel has met the need. Perry Munsinger, Engineer, Bechtel

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10 Major Engineering Challenges of the Next Decade

Upgrading the sagging U.S. - Knovel | Elsevier

1. Upgrading the sagging U.S. infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives our aging infrastructure a D+ grade and estimates that $3.6 trillion dollars must be invested by 2020 to bring our roads, bridges, water, electrical and sewage systems to proper safe working order.

2. Educating first world engineers to understand how to solve third world problems. The Renewable Resources Journal reports that the world’s population will grow by 2 billion over the next two decades, 95% of this in developing or underdeveloped countries. Engineers must learn new ways to solve problems in these countries.

Educating first world engineers - Knovel | Elsevier
Promoting green engineering - Knovel | Elsevier

3. Promoting green engineering to improve sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint in manufacturing. According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, manufacturing in the U.S. produced 19,237 trillion BTUs and 1,071 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

4. Identifying viable alternative energy sources. The contributions to our energy production from renewables and other new fuel sources are growing at 6% per year according to BP and will contribute 45% of the increment in energy production by 2035.

Identifying viable alternative energy - Knovel | Elsevier
Rethinking how the city looks and works - Knovel | Elsevier

5. Rethinking how the city looks and works. 54% of the world’s population lives in cities. Europe leads the way in sustainability, with seven out of the world’s top 10 most sustainable cities, according to the ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index.

6. Making STEM more appealing to young students.  By 2018, the United States will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs. Meanwhile, according to a UCLA study, 40% of students enrolled as STEM majors switched subjects or failed to get a degree.

Making STEM more appealing - Knovel | Elsevier
Safeguarding our personal data - Knovel | Elsevier

7. Safeguarding our personal data and wealth from cyberattacks.  34% of data breaches happen at financial institutions; 11% target retail companies; while 13% target government institutions, according to the 2014 Data Breach Investigation Report.

8. Addressing climate change through engineering innovation.  Six of the 10 cities with the largest annual flood costs by 2050 are in India and China. Three are in the U.S.: New York, Miami and New Orleans.

Addressing climate change - Knovel | Elsevier
Feeding our growing population - Knovel | Elsevier

9. Feeding our growing population through cutting-edge bio-engineering and agricultural innovations.  The U.N. warns that we must produce 60% more food by 2050 to keep up with demand, but how do we do this sustainably? Food and water access will be major issues in the future, and research must begin now.

10. Improving our health and well-being through life sciences, nanotechnology & bio-engineering. Administration on Aging, by 2060 the population of Americans aged 65 and older will have more than doubled in size from 2011. This puts a lot of pressure on new drug creation and also on innovative engineering techniques to deliver drugs.

Improving our health and well being - Knovel | Elsevier