COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE
Grand Challenge Scholars Program
Louisiana Tech is one of the few select schools in the World to have a dedicated Grand Challenge Scholars Program. As a member of this program, students can engage in Grand Challenge-related research with our research faculty, serve fellow students, pursue the topics that are shaping tomorrow, gain appreciation and understanding of cultures around the world, and graduate as an internationally recognized Grand Challenge Scholar.
The National Academy of Engineering has outlined four themes that encompass the World’s most complicated and important challenges. Within these themes lie fourteen Engineering Grand Challenges. Solving these challenges 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 Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) is designed to prepare our engineering and science students to solve these issues.
The vision of the Louisiana Tech College of Engineering and Science GCSP is to encourage, educate and prepare our students to lead the charge in addressing these critical challenges.
Become a Louisiana Tech Grand Challenge Scholar
Louisiana Tech is one of the few select schools in the World to have a dedicated GC Scholars Program. As a member of this program, students pursue topics that are shaping tomorrow, gain appreciation and understanding of cultures around the world, and graduate as an internationally recognized GC Scholar. There are 5 core competencies that students explore as part of the GCSP. These make up the “curricular plan” for students
Louisiana Tech faculty are ready to help you create your own, personalized plan that walks through these elements. The good news is, you’re doing some of these already as part of your regular curriculum:
Talent Competency: a mentored creative experience on a Grand Challenge-like topic
Multidisciplinary Competency: understanding the multidisciplinarity of engineering systems
Viable Business/Entrepreneurship Competency: understanding the necessity of a viable business model to implement solutions
Multicultural Competency: understanding different cultures to ensure cultural acceptance of proposed solutions
Social Consciousness Competency: understanding that engineering solutions should primarily serve people and society, reflecting social consciousness
We’re on Moodle!
Get in contact with us using any of the ways below, and we’ll get you started. Every Grand Challenge student will be paired with a faculty mentor and go through a simple application on Moodle. Working with your mentor, you’ll form your Curricular Plan that engages each of the 5 curricular elements.
A sample plan is included so you can see what a curricular plan can look like, and how you’ve already started on some parts of it.
Four Grand Challenge Themes
- Joy of Living
The 14 National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges
- Make solar energy economical
- Provide energy from fusion
- Develop carbon sequestration methods
- Manage the nitrogen cycle
- Provide access to clean water
- Restore and improve urban infrastructure
- Advance health informatics
- Engineer better medicines
- Reverse-engineer the brain
- Prevent nuclear terror
- Secure cyberspace
- Enhance virtual reality
- Advance personalized learning
- Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
Interested in More Information?
The survey below can help you get in touch and get connected.
Stop by the Grand Challenge Scholars Program Office at Bogard Hall 253 or contact any of our Steering Committee members.