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Grand Challenges Scholars Program

An Engineering Movement

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) GRAND CHALLENGES FOR ENGINEERING  globally serves people and society for the “continuation of life on the planet and a more sustainable, secure, healthy and joyful world" and has sparked a global movement for engineering. Since the Grand Challenges for Engineering Report, three Global Grand Challenges Summits have been held in London (2013), Beijing (2015) and Washington (2017), and the momentum of this movement continues to accelerate. 

Grand Challenges Scholars Program

In 2009, the NAE endorsed an engineering education that focuses on global awareness and social skills along with Grand Challenges that broaden undergraduate study in engineering to the global community — the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP).

Five GCSP Competencies for Students

The GCSP identifies five competencies that a student must achieve, and each adopting university defines its supplemental approach to educating its students. The following are the five student GCSP competencies:

  1. Talent Competency: Mentored research/creative experience on a Grand Challenge-like topic.
  2. Multidisciplinary Competency: Understanding multidisciplinary 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 the engineering solutions should primarily serve people and society reflecting social consciousness.

Grand Challenges Scholars Program, Dr. Markus Rumpfkeil, Director