University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tickle College of Engineering, 322 Perkins Hall, Knoxville , TN 37996
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Kevin Kit Director, Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program; Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Phone865-974-9874
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Established in 1838, the University of Tennessee's College of Engineering has a long tradition of commitment to excellence in scientific research and the training of engineering professionals. The college consists of eight departments of study, nine nationally renowned research centers, and more than 100 state-of-the-art laboratories.

The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is an initiative of the National Academy of Engineering meant to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society.  To complete this ambitious program, students must meet with our Honors faculty to form an individualized plan of curricular and extracurricular experiences that must include:

1. A research experience related to one of the 14 Grand Challenges.

2. Interdisciplinary coursework that prepares a student to work at the boundary of engineering with public policy, business, ethics, risk, and human behavior.

3. An entrepreneurship experience to prepare students to translate invention to innovation.

4. A global experience to build the student’s perspective of these global issues.

5. A service learning experience to deepen students’ motivation to bring their technical expertise to bear on societal problems.

Grand Challenge Scholar candidates meet with the Honors faculty periodically to set short term goals and track progress towards the long term goal of completing all requirements.  Students graduating from this program will be designated a Grand Challenge Scholar and recognized individually during the commencement ceremony. They will also be nationally recognized with their GCSP peers from other participating schools on the National Academy website.

Our Engineering Honors Program was been designed in an effort to motivate larger numbers of students to contribute to solving the Grand Challenges.  In addition to completing Honors coursework, all Engineering Honors students must now also complete two breadth requirements which are chosen from the five curricular and extracurricular experiences listed above.  We hope that many of these students will discover the value in broadening their education in this way and choose to complete the Grand Challenge Scholar Program.