Program committee


The Program Committee is an interdisciplinary team that works to ensure the success of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program at ASU. The program committee is comprised of the Sr. Associate Dean, the Grand Challenges Scholars Program Co-Directors, Faculty Mentors, and program staff.

James Collofello, Vice Dean Academic and Student Affairs

Jim Collofello serves as vice dean of academic and student affairs and has held this position since 2006. In this capacity, he leads the school’s student recruitment and retention, career development and placement, K-12 programming, new curriculum development, accreditation and oversight of Fulton Difference programming. The Fulton Difference consists of innovative programs operated at scale to provide students with opportunities to develop and enhance their research, leadership, project development and entrepreneurship skills. Major Fulton Difference programs include engineering student organizations, Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI), Fulton Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP), Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UGTA) program and Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS). 

Grand Challenges Scholars Program Director and Assistant Director: Supervises the program admission and component approval processes. The Director also creates the FSE 150 Perspectives on Grand Challenges in Engineering coursework and the Summer Institute curriculum.

GCSP Faculty Advisors: Provide mentorship and guidance throughout the program including approving program components, providing information regarding research, and other opportunities.

GCSP Professional Staff: Provide guidance through the program requirements, advise students on courses and opportunities that satisfy requirements, coordinate opportunities for students to be involved in a variety of related programs and events, recruit and admit students into the program, and promote the program within the Fulton Schools of Engineering Undergraduate Student Engagement Office.

Emily Hagood (, Student Leader

Emily is a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and minoring in Sustainability, which is also her GCSP theme area. Emily has fulfilled GCSP competencies through interdisciplinary coursework and through extensive involvement in the EPICS program, for which she is also the Sustainability Subject Matter Champion. In addition to GCSP, she is an actively engaged member of Phi Sigma Rho (the engineering sorority), the Sustainable Business Association, and Fulton Ambassadors.

Michael Farrell (, Student Leader

Michael is a sophomore materials science and engineering student specializing in the health theme area. His interest in health and biological sciences stems from reading about the complexities and limitations of the human body to understanding the creation of stem cells. He is heavily involved in the Fulton community by assisting fellow GCSP students as an FSE150 teaching assistant, introducing prospective students to the engineering lifestyle as a Fulton Ambassador, and exploring new opportunities as a scholar in the Grand Challenges