Our Future, Transformed

Our Future, Transformed: Mason Spotlights the World’s Grand Challenges

Mason President Gregory Washington hosts a new YouTube series titled “Our Future, Transformed: Mason Spotlights the World’s Grand Challenges.” The series features faculty experts speaking about some of the most debated and significant topics of our day with an audience of Honors College students. Experts in the first season discuss the key solutions to key issues, including water policies in the West, police reform, problems at our Southern border, clean energy, and getting more women in to STEM fields.

 ”In order to solve the grand challenge problems that are in front of us today, you'd be hard-pressed to do it with just a deep knowledge in a single field. You need both depth and some breadth in order to do it, and you've got to think about how you will implement the solutions.”

Dr. Gregory Washington

EP 1: Our Future, Transformed: Fusion Energy

Astrophysicist Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, Visiting Robinson Professor, explains how fusion energy might transform the way we live, and how the Artemis moon project is a stepping stone to technological advances that will help us on Earth.

  We do what appears to be impossible [in the sciences], but don’t be intimidated by it. It’s just like everything else. It’s a step at a time. Know that you can do it and that hard work actually pays off.”

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi

EP 2: Our Future, Transformed: Is Water the new oil? 

In this new episode of the Our Future series, Mason President Gregory Washington speaks with Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Dean of the College of Science, about water, why there's too much in some places, too little in others, and what we can do, in a warming world, to avoid water catastrophes.

    ...if you look at human history, people have been battling for water since the ages. If you think about your first history lesson, water was in it, you know, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Mesopotamia. It’s been happening for a long time and it’s happening now and it will continue happening in the future.

Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm