NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program

2010 Workshop

Establishing Grand Challenge Scholars Programs at U.S. Engineering Schools

With support from the National Science Foundation, a workshop was held on establishing Grand Challenge Scholar Programs at U.S. Engineering Schools on Thursday April 22, 2010 at The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA. This workshop immediately followed the Boston Grand Challenge Summit on the Educational Imperatives of the Grand Challenges co-organized by Olin College of Engineering, Wellesley College, and Babson College.

The objective of this workshop was to develop a critical mass of no fewer than ten engineering schools with active GCSPs that will be educating undergraduate students by Fall 2010. Participants were apprised of the objectives and expectations of developing an institutional GCSP for engineering undergraduates, heard from academic and business leaders about the merits, challenges and expectations of developing a GCSP, developed fund raising strategies, and worked to create a programmatic outline that could be carried back to their home institution for vetting, revision, submission to the national GCSP steering committee, and ultimately approval and implementation. It is anticipated that the workshop will serve to nucleate the development of several more GCSPs within the more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities that offer degrees in engineering.

Below are downloads that summarize the results of the workshop, the most comprehensive and concise being the report to the NSF on the workshop outcomes: NSF_GCSPW_Annual_2010.pdf.

For more information about the workshop, contact workshop PI Lynn Andrea Stein or any of the other members of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program Steering Committee.


The Grand Challenge Scholars Program Steering Committee
Martha Absher
William Reichert
Lynn Andrea Stein
Louise Yates