In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering identified 14 “Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century” that aim to improve sustainability, health, security, and the joy of living worldwide. The next generation of engineers will be tasked with creating innovative solutions to these challenges. Therefore, engineering programs at over 40 universities around the world have adopted the Grand Challenge Scholars Program as a way to better prepare students for the real world problems they will face, and also to allow them to begin addressing these urgent needs while they are still undergraduates.
The Grand Challenge Scholars Program at Duke is a combined curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular program with 5 key competencies that are designed give students the technical expertise, breadth of knowledge, and the social, ethical and environmental awareness needed to be leaders in addressing the 14 NAE Grand Challenges.
1. Hands-on research
2. Interdisciplinary curriculum
3. Innovation and entrepreneurship experience
4. A global dimension
5. Service learning
The Grand Challenge I have chosen to focus on is Providing Access to Clean Water. This portfolio illustrates the research, classes, and other experiences I have completed or plan to complete in my effort to address this critical issue.