2017 Plenary Sessions


Great Minds, Greater Impact

Envisioning life in the mega-cities of the future means going beyond self-driving cars and 5G in tech hubs like San Francisco and Berlin. The main challenge will be developing and implementing cutting-edge technology with a global perspective in mind. This is the only way we, as a society, will be able to provide people in Sao Paulo, Lagos and even Baltimore with the basic rights to clean air, sustainable energy, internet access and reliable transportation, ensuring all individuals have a decent standard of living so they can fully contribute to their communities and thrive in their cities.
During Great Minds, Greater Impact, five thought leaders whose backgrounds include research, urban development, technology and higher education will take the stage to explore what it takes to produce graduates who can do more than make cities futuristic. They will discuss how the education our students are receiving today will shape them to become not only successful professionals but more engaged citizens and, more importantly, better human beings.

Higher Education's Role in Transforming Communities

Higher education institutions have always been catalysts for generating breakthroughs that serve the macro needs and interests of society as a whole. But how do universities impact their communities on the local level? How do they affect positive change and involve those around them?
Ronald Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University, will describe his institution’s numerous local outreach initiatives including its partnership with OneBaltimore. Michael Cryor, Chair of OneBaltimore, will explain how his organization is bringing together key stakeholders who are committed to changing the lives of ordinary Baltimore residents. They will be joined by Darryl Pines, Dean of Engineering at the University of Maryland, who leads the policy, strategy and community outreach efforts for the Clark School of Engineering.
Using the DC/Baltimore Metro Area as a case study, our panelists will offer three distinct perspectives as we explore how universities can partner with traditionally under-served populations to build stronger, more resilient communities.