The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges are inspired by 14 broad problems facing society in sustainability, health, security, and knowledge. Solutions to these problems will require interdisciplinary teams and years of sustained effort.
Hajim School Grand Challenges Scholars design a personalized program that explores a selected Grand Challenge through five program areas:
- Hands-on project or research activity
- Interdisciplinary experience or curriculum that complements engineering fundamentals with courses in other fields, preparing students to work at the overlap with public policy, business, law, ethics, human behavior, and the arts
- Entrepreneurial or innovation experience that prepares students to translate invention to innovation, or to develop market ventures that scale to global solutions in the public interest
- Global dimension that develops students’ global perspective necessary to address challenges that are inherently global, as well as to lead innovation in a global economy
- Service learning opportunity to develop and deepen students’ social consciousness that their motivation to bring their technical expertise to bear on societal problems through mentored, experiential learning with real clients.
Scholars also receive formal designation as an NAE Grand Challenges Scholar at graduation.
Check out our Q-and-A’s with these Grand Challenges Scholars graduates:
2019 Grand Challenges Scholars:
- Beatriz Gonzalez, political science and economics
- Emma Luke, biomedical engineering
- Muhammad Miqdad, chemical engineering
- Nicole Naselaris, optical engineering
- Jing Tian Ngiaw, education and musical arts
- Haley Wohlever, mechanical engineering
- Michael Woodbury, neuroscience
2018 Grand Challenges Scholars:
- Raymond Chin, biomedical engineering
- Alexandra Frederickson, biological sciences (molecular genetics track)
- Kalila Shapiro, digital media studies
- Fernando Suarez, mechanical engineering
- The Grand Challenges
- Program expectations
- Frequently asked questions
- Additional resources
- How to apply
For more information, contact the Hajim School GCSP director, Emma Derisi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 275-2354.