The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a combined curricular and co-curricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century.
The five components include:
Research experience. Project or independent research related to a Grand Challenge.
Interdisciplinary curriculum. Preparing students to work at the overlap between engineering and public policy, business, law, ethics, human behavior, risk as well as medicine and the sciences.
Entrepreneurship. Preparing students to translate invention to innovation; to develop market ventures that scale to global solutions in the public interest.
Global dimension. Developing the students’ global perspective necessary to address challenges that are inherently global as well as to lead innovation in a global economy.
Service learning. Developing and deepening students’ social consciousness and their motivation to bring their technical expertise to bear on societal problems.
The Lafayette College Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) is premised on the belief that solving complex grand challenges necessitates innovative solutions with joint contributions from engineering and the liberal arts. As such, the purpose of the GCSP at Lafayette College is to encourage undergraduates to acquire the portfolio to successfully address these challenges.