Students interested in being designated as Grand Challenge Scholars should demonstrate involvement related to a specific NAE Grand Challenge Topic in each of the five areas. Successful students must carry their involvement related to the challenge across five competencies.
Upon applying as a graduating senior, your application must reflect your focus across all of the five competencies listed below. While we list some examples of how an undergraduate may complete each dimension, please understand these lists are not exhaustive; we welcome your ideas and interpretations.
Mentored research or project experience related to a Grand Challenge: Participate in an approved team project, senior capstone project, design project or research project related to one of the Grand Challenge Topics.
Understanding gained through multidisciplinary studies: Enroll in courses outside the engineering curriculum that will complement the technical curriculum such as public policy, business, law, ethics, art, sociology, natural sciences, etc.
Viable Business/Entrepreneurship Competency
Understanding gained through experience that viable business mode. Students should be prepared to translate invention and innovation and to develop market ventures that can scale to global solutions to the Grand Challenges.
Understanding gained through global or different cultural experience: Participate in a curricular or co-curricular activity that develops the perspective necessary to understand global challenges or that lead to innovations in a global economy.
Social Consciousness Competency
Addressing societal problems through service learning, K-12 engagement, and/or social entrepreneurship: Participate in a curricular or co-curricular activity that deepens social awareness and develops the motivation to bring technical expertise to bear on societal problems.