Responding to the Presidential call for our nation to lead the way in addressing 21st-century Grand Challenges, the University of Delaware (UD) joined engineering schools across the United States committed to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to meet societal challenges identified through national initiatives including the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. These challenges include complex yet vital aspirations such as reverse-engineering the brain, making solar energy cost-competitive with coal, engineering better medicines, providing access to clean water for nearly a billion people who lack it, ending extreme poverty and hunger, securing cyberspace, and advancing personalized learning tools that deliver better education to more individuals.
"Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them." – Steve Jobs
The UD Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) is designed to provide UD Engineering undergraduate students with the opportunity to be immersed and engaged in the most pressing societal concerns of our time. Specifically, GCSP provides a developmental framework for scholars to focus on academics and extracurricular activities organized around the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. UD GCSP Scholars are engaged in coursework and experiential opportunities that integrate five core educational components: Hands-on project or research experience, Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Entrepreneurship, Global Dimension and Service Learning.