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Grand Challenge Scholars Program

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The National Academy of Engineering has outlined fourteen Grand Challenges to address some of the most important and complex issues facing our world in the 21st century. Solving these problems will require the best efforts of engineers and scientists integrating their knowledge, expertise and creativity with a variety of other experts in global and social issues. The Academy’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program is designed to prepare our engineering and science students to solve these issues. Thus, the vision of the Louisiana Tech College of Engineering and Science Grand Challenge Scholar Program is to encourage, educate and prepare our students to lead the charge in addressing the Grand Challenges.

The 14 National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges:

1. Make solar energy economical
2. Provide energy from fusion
3. Develop carbon sequestration methods
4. Manage the nitrogen cycle
5. Provide access to clean water
6. Restore and improve urban infrastructure
7. Advance health informatics
8. Engineer better medicines
9. Reverse-engineer the brain
10. Prevent nuclear terror
11. Secure cyberspace
12. Enhance virtual reality
13. Advance personalized learning
14. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery


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