Perhaps more than any other profession, engineering is immersed in many of the grand challenges facing society. Those include preserving clean air and water, developing sustainable energy, building cleaner and safer megacities, creating life-saving medical technology, and enhancing our homeland security. As part of the UW-Madison Grand Challenges outreach project to Wisconsin middle schools, we profiled four women, each taking their own path to make a difference.

 The societal side of engineering