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. Its vision is:

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

The NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program simply identifies five competencies that a student must achieve to prepare them to address the Grand Challenges for Engineering found globally.

Engage in hands-on projects to help design innovative solutions to the Grand Challenges through deep immersion in an academically rigorous environment. Learn more about this competency by clicking here.

Connect engineering education to various fields of study as well as explore how other disciplines can enhance creative and analytical problem-solving. Learn more about this competency by clicking here.

Apply a diversity of perspectives and cross-cultural competencies that span worldwide markets, international borders, and multicultural societies to inform the engineering process. Learn more about this competency by clicking here.

Develop and market engineering solutions that scale up for mass production, transmission, adoption, and consumption among people and places around the world. Learn more about this competency by clicking here.

Create and cultivate a personal commitment to lifelong learning, social responsibility, and ethical duty for engineering a better tomorrow for all. Learn more about this competency by clicking here.