The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering’s Academy for high achieving students. The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a national program recognized through the National Academy of Engineering. The Grand Challenge Scholars Program was founded at Arizona State University in 2011 and contains over 250 undergraduate students.
The Grand Challenge Scholars Program provides students with curricular and co-curricular component requirements while being mentored by faculty and staff throughout their undergraduate career. The program focuses on the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering through the Fulton Schools of Engineering research themes of health, energy, sustainability, data, security, and education.
The National Academy of Engineering in 2007 brought together a panel of leading people in academia, policy, and business with the charge to identify a small number of grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century. This interdisciplinary group concluded that the following 14 areas would be the Grand Challenges of Engineering in the 21st century:
- Make solar energy economical
- Provide energy from fusion
- Develop carbon sequestration methods
- Manage the nitrogen cycle
- Provide access to clean water
- Restore and improve urban infrastructure
- Advance health informatics
- Engineer better medicines
- Reverse-engineer the brain
- Prevent nuclear terror
- Secure cyberspace
- Enhance virtual reality
- Advance personalized learning
- Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
Fulton students who complete the program will achieve the national recognition of being a Grand Challenge Scholar, endorsed by both ASU and the NAE, and will be uniquely prepared to collaborate and succeed in a trans-disciplinary and global environment.
Learn more about the Grand Challenge Scholars Program from current scholars!
Become a Grand Challenge Scholar
Incoming Freshmen and Current Fulton Engineering sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome to apply into the program by filling out the appropriate online application.