Program Leadership


The Program Leadership is an interdisciplinary team that works to ensure the success of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program at ASU. The program leadership is comprised of the Sr. Associate Dean, the Grand Challenges Scholars Program Co-Directors, Steering Committee, Student Leaders, and program staff.

James Collofello, Vice Dean Academic and Student Affairs and Professor in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence

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 Faculty Directors

The program directors oversee all program processes including recruitment, admission, competency approvals, and graduation. Advise students in choosing courses and experiences that meet program requirements to build their pathway toward graduating as a Grand Challenges Scholar. The Directors also develop and implement program curriculum including the FSE 150 Perspectives on Grand Challenges for Engineering course and the GCSP Summer Institute.

Amy Trowbridge

Amy Trowbridge, Faculty Director, Grand Challenges Scholars Program and Lecturer Sr., Engineering Academic and Student Affairs

Haolin Zhu

Haolin Zhu, Faculty Director, Grand Challenges Scholars Program and Lecturer Sr., Engineering Academic and Student Affairs

The GCSP 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 from within the Fulton Schools of Engineering Undergraduate Student Engagement Office.

Thia Fuller

Coordinator Senior, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Caroline Sina Tengei

Coordinator, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

GCSP Steering Committee: Support and advocate for GCSP, and provide advice, guidance, and oversight on various matters related to the current and future plans and directions of the GCSP. This committee includes faculty from across the Fulton Schools, our GCSP Student Leaders, GCSP Faculty Directors, Vice Dean James Collofello, and GCSP staff.


GCSP Student Leaders

The GCSP Student Leaders are focused on building and maintaining a strong GCSP student community and serve as leaders that represent GCSP within the program and beyond. They work to build a sense of community amongst GCSP students through planning and hosting monthly Community events, and encouraging connections amongst GCSP students. They represent the GCSP student community on the GCSP steering committee and at various recruitment and outreach events.