The Thomas C. Katsouleas National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program at Duke seeks leaders with the drive to take on some of the biggest challenges facing humanity – and want to start while they are still undergraduates.
A Unique Educational Experience
The program educates young scholars with the technical expertise, breadth of knowledge and the social, ethical and environmental awareness to be leaders in the addressing the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.
Grand Challenge Scholars embark on a unique educational journey that integrates five key themes:
Grand Challenge Scholars receive an exceptional undergraduate education experience – and up to $5,000 toward the completion of the Grand Challenge Portfolio.
Students must design their portfolio to document a variety of experiences that cover the five key themes and are related to their Grand Challenge focus. Students must also submit a senior thesis and complete their portfolio prior to the end of their senior year. Students are supported by a faculty member who they select to serve as their advisor and mentor.
What are the Grand Challenges?
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has identified a list of 14 "Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century" that must be addressed in order to achieve a sustainable, economically robust, and politically stable future for our children and our children's children.
These challenges range from the most basic of human needs to the extraordinary. Read more about the 14 Grand Challenges.
The Thomas C. Katsouleas National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program at Duke is named in honor of former Pratt dean Tom Katsouleas, who played a leadership role in founding and launching the Grand Challenge Scholars Program on a national scale.
Becoming a Grand Challenge Scholar
You can apply to be a Grand Challenge Scholar during the spring of your sophomore year. Before that, you can learn more about the program and benefit from Grand Challenge workshops and seminars. You'll really get to work on being a Grand Challenge Scholar in your Junior Year. Grand Challenge Scholar applications are due before the end of your sophomore year.
Attend Grand Challenge Scholars Program workshops and seminars
Learn more about the 14 Grand Challenges