The National Academy of Engineering has outlined fourteen Grand Challenges to address some of the most important and complex issues facing our world in the 21st century. Solving these problems will require the best efforts of engineers and scientists integrating their knowledge, expertise and creativity with a variety of other experts in global and social issues. The Academy’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program is designed to prepare our engineering and science students to solve these issues.
The vision of the Louisiana Tech College of Engineering and Science Grand Challenge Scholar Program is to encourage, educate and prepare our students to lead the charge in addressing the Grand Challenges.
Louisiana Tech was one of the first schools to adopt a GCSP program and the first two Louisiana Tech Grand Challenge Scholars, Louis Reis (chemical and biomedical engineering) and Stephanie Parker (electrical engineering), completed the program in May 2011. Our first two graduates represented two of only fourteen students graduating from around the country. In the years following, additional graduates have come from a diverse background of disciplines that include Nanosystems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Civil Engineering. These students participate in a graduation Scholars Showcase, you can watch one of our showcases here on this video.