What’s the big idea? In this case, big ideas lie in the brains of University of Louisville faculty, staff and students. As the next step in implementing UofL’s new Strategic Plan, President Neeli Bendapudi wants to see big, innovative ideas in areas where UofL could become a national leader while making a dramatic impact on problems facing society.
Bendapudi has appointed a Grand Challenges subcommittee to solicit suggestions from the UofL family and come up with five to 10 recommendations.
“This is an important step in our quest to raise UofL’s reputation,” Bendapudi said. “Help us figure out where we can maximize our talent and resources to make the biggest difference in people’s lives.”
A “grand challenge” should include participation by multiple disciplines, build upon UofL’s existing strengths and have opportunities for external investment. Those chosen will become top priorities in the university’s research mission.
Some of the areas already submitted for consideration by the subcommittee include renewable energy, environmental health, aging, additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence and the future of work.
Faculty, staff and students are being asked to submit ideas to help shape the future of UofL and beyond. Submit your Grand Challenge idea online here.