Idea, photo provided by Blue Diamond Gallery.
Idea, photo provided by Blue Diamond Gallery.

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.

Photo provided by The Blue Diamond Gallery.


Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.