By Barri Gurau, Corporate Energy Initiatives
How long do you think it took for the world’s population to reach 1 billion? It took more than a century for the world’s population to double to 2 billion, which we reached in the 1930s. Since then, the population has grown at an incredible rate to more than seven billion and by 2050, an estimated nine billion people will inhabit the earth.
So how do we meet the demand for energy, food and water?
The world needs new and different solutions to support the growing population and to continue to drive amazing new technologies. Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is, as Albert Einstein said, insanity.
That is where American’s greatest resource comes in, human innovation. Human innovation can come from anywhere to create anything. Marrying ideas to technology is how human innovation takes flight. As an example, an amazing technology, Lockheed Martin’s Mobile Fish Pen -recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 25 Inventions of 2012- is a drifting fish cage that results in a minimal ocean footprint. The technology solves potential impact problems for water quality and the seafloor, and even appears to improve fish health and growth.
As the lead of the corporate energy initiative at Lockheed Martin, I have the privilege of working with incredible technologists, scientists and engineers to help identify and develop solutions that can help address these global challenges and demands.
But we cannot do it alone. Luckily, with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), everyone can fuel human innovation.
Every student has the ability to study and enter STEM fields. However, it is up to every person to instill in students the awareness, passion and desire to dream in technical terms. This is one reason why Lockheed Martin is the founding and presenting sponsor of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. The festival is one of many avenues we share our passion for science, technology, engineering and math. I hope to see you there.
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