The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program

In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering identified the Grand Challenges, 14 specific engineering challenges to preserve our planet and safeguard our civilization, focusing on sustainability, security, health, and enriching life. The next year, three engineering schools—Duke, Olin, and the University of Southern California—combined their resources to launch the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, an academic initiative designed to train the next generation of engineers to address these Challenges. The Program eventually won the NAE’s Gordon Prize, perhaps the most prestigious prize for engineering education in the nation.