Welcome,

The National Academy of Engineering (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 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.

Grand Challenges Scholars Applications link!

The Scholars program applications are now closed and will re-open Spring 2023.

[panel heading=”The Talent Competency” headingtype=”h2″ type=”panel-default” state=”closed” style=”noborder”]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.[/panel]

[panel heading=”The Multidisciplinary Competency” headingtype=”h2″ type=”panel-default” state=”closed” style=”noborder”]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.[/panel]

[panel heading=”The Multicultural Competency” headingtype=”h2″ type=”panel-default” state=”closed” style=”noborder”]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.[/panel]

[panel heading=”The Entrepreneurship and Viable Business Model Competency” headingtype=”h2″ type=”panel-default” state=”closed” style=”noborder”]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.[/panel]

[panel heading=”The Social Consciousness Competency” headingtype=”h2″ type=”panel-default” state=”closed” style=”noborder”]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.[/panel]

Associate Director of Program: Olgha Qaqish, PhD.

Director of Program: David Parish, PhD.

Contact: grandchallenges@ncsu.edu or 919.515.9633