George Fox takes on Grand Challenges

School one of 120 nationwide participating in the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program

The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a combined curricular and extracurricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century.

In 2008, the NAE identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. The Grand Challenges are a call to action and serve as a focal point for society's attention to opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life.

In a LETTER OF COMMITMENT presented to President Barack Obama in 2015, more than 120 U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

The National Academy of Engineering endorses the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program. Engineering skills and leadership are essential to meeting the great challenges facing humankind. This program will build a cadre of young men and women who not only have the necessary engineering skills but also the cross-disciplinary knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, global perspective and sense of mission needed to serve and lead this country.

Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering

Program Components

Hands-on Project OR Research Experience:
Related to a Grand Challenge
Interdisciplinary Curriculum:
A curriculum that complements engineering fundamentals with courses in other fields, preparing engineering students to work at the overlap with public policy, business, law, ethics, human behavior, risk, and the arts, as well as medicine and the sciences
Preparing students to translate invention to innovation; to develop market ventures that scale to global solutions in the public interest
Global Dimension:
Developing the students’ global perspective necessary to address challenges that are inherently global as well as to lead innovation in a global economy
Service Learning:
Developing and deepening students’ social consciousness and their motivation to bring their technical expertise to bear on societal problems through mentored experiential learning with real clients



Students interested in becoming a Grand Challenges Scholar can contact Jeffrey Walters at for more details.