The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars (GCS) Program is a combined curricular and extra-curricular program designed to prepare students to face the grand challenges of the future. The program combines five key themes:

  • Hands-on research
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Global experience
  • Service learning

These components are integrated to address one of NAE’s 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century, that were identified to solve to create a sustainable, economically robust, and politically stable future.

The Thomas C. Katsouleas NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program at Duke is one of the first branches in many universities around the United States that proposed this new education model to prepare engineers to be world changers.

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