More than 120 U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century. 14 Grand Challenges (GC) are identified through initiates including the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The GCs are a call to action and serve as a focal point for society's attention to opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life.
The GCSP is a combined curricular and extra-curricular elements to prepare students to be the future engineers and scientists that solves the 14 GCs facing the world in this century. The elements will be embedded into the curriculum so as to maximize the learning experience of students, through participation in research projects, Entrepreneurship schemes, interdisciplinary courses, service learning activities and overseas exchange program. The program was endorsed by the NAE in February 2009. For further information about GCSP (NAE), please visit the website below:
Grand Challenges for Engineering (Video)
GCSP aims to prepare students to be the generation that solves the 14 GCs by embedding five curricular components into the program. It serves to pilot innovative educational approaches that will eventually become the mainstream educational paradigm for all engineering students
* A well-connected program would be one where a single component can be linked to one or more of the other components; e.g., interning at an organization (Entrepreneurship) and/or performing research (Research experience) on global health or clean energy (Grand Challenge(s) / Service Learning).
* Each GC scholar should select or be assigned a faculty mentor to monitor student progress and ensure thematic continuity and connectivity.
Sustainability Grand Challenge Theme:
(1) Make Solar Energy Economical
(2) Provide Energy from Fusion
(3) Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods
(4) Manage the Nitrogen Cycle
(5) Provide Access to Clean Water