NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Alumni
  • Kanika Gakhar
    Texas A&M University, 2018, B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

    “The GCSP program helped me take an all-rounded approach during my undergraduate career by giving me a platform to network with students and mentors across campus and connecting me with opportunities to engage in research, entrepreneurship, ...

  • Kerri Devine
    Duke University, 2013, B.S.E. Electrical & Computer Engineering and B.S. Computer Science w/Certificate in Energy & Environment

    “With buildings currently consuming over 40% of the world's energy and wasting over half of that energy, a truly energy secure future will require the digitization of our built environment.  As a Grand Challenges Scholar, I ...

  • Zachary Gima
    University of Southern California, 2014, B.S. Mechanical Engineering

    “I entered USC knowing that I wanted to work in the field of renewable energy technologies. The GCSP provided the ideal framework for me to contextualize my educational and career aspirations. The emphasis on being bold and solving problems ...

  • Willa Zhao
    University of Southern California, 2017, B.S. Computer Science/Business Administration

    “GCSP has helped guide the way I think about interdisciplinary studies. With a Computer Science background and interest in investments, I see a huge growth opportunity within money management. As the focus on investments increases combined ...

  • Julia King
    Arizona State University, 2016, B.S. Chemical Engineering

    “My path in the Grand Challenges Scholars Program was an unprecedented way for me to keep an eye on the global issues in sustainability that I care most about while earning my chemical engineering degree that would gain me the knowledge to do ...


For current information on the GCSP, please contact GCSPnetwork@asu.edu or GCSP Proposal Review Committee Chair Katie Evans (KEVANS@LATECH.EDU).

 

The NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, created in 2008, presented an aspirational vision of what engineering needs to deliver to all people on the planet in the 21st century. In just 15 words, the vision it calls for is:

“Continuation of life on the planet,
making our world more sustainable, secure, healthy, and joyful.”

The century-spanning vision was based on 14 GOALS that the NAE recognized as necessary to deliver this vision in the 21st century.

Numerous engineering schools and K-12 programs have adopted the NAE Grand Challenges to inspire practical projects for their students through an educational supplement called the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP), which identifies the following five competencies that students must achieve to prepare to address these global challenges:

  1. Talent Competency: mentored research/creative experience on a Grand Challenge-like topic
  2. Multidisciplinary Competency: understanding multidisciplinarity of engineering systems solutions developed through personal engagement
  3. Viable Business/Entrepreneurship Competency: understanding, preferably developed through experience, of the necessity of a viable business model for solution implementation
  4. Multicultural Competency: understanding different cultures, preferably through multicultural experiences, to ensure cultural acceptance of proposed engineering solutions
  5. Social Consciousness Competency: understanding that engineering solutions should primarily serve people and society reflecting social consciousness


Addressing any of the Grand Challenges for Engineering naturally spans multiple disciplines, and because solutions are implemented differently in different parts of the world, the program prepares students to think in international terms and to develop globally relevant perspectives and skills. 

The GCSP was inspired by the NAE but is not controlled by the academy. Each adopting university, college, and school is independently drawn to the program—often by its students—and defines its own supplemental approach to preparing students in the five competencies within its existing engineering program. Each institution selects its students, determines their attainment of the competencies, and decides how it will recognize their achievement.

For more information on the GCSP, please contact GCSPnetwork@asu.edu or GCSP Proposal Review Committee Chair Katie Evans (KEVANS@LATECH.EDU).

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