Preparing engineers to address complex challenges
In February of 2009, The program was endorsed by the National Academy of Engineering. Since that time, the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) has been implemented at more than 90 institutions around the world.
The GCSP is a combined curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular program with five competencies designed to prepare the next generation of students to address the grand challenges facing society, to make our world more sustainable, secure, healthy, and joyful. Each institution creates their own specific realization of how the below competencies are implemented, as approved by the GCSP Network New Programs Committee.
Mentored research/creative project experience on a Grand Challenge-like topic
Understanding multidisciplinarity of engineering systems solutions developed through personal engagement
Viable Business/Entrepreneurship Competency
Understanding, preferably developed through experience, of the necessity of a viable business model for solution implementation
Understanding different cultures, preferably through multicultural experiences, to ensure cultural acceptance of proposed engineering solutions
Social Consciousness Competency
Understanding that engineering solutions should primarily serve people and society reflecting social consciousness