The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America School of Engineering is now accepting applications for its NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program. 
In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced 14 “Grand Challenges” for engineering in the 21st Century:
  • 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
The Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) was created by the NAE to prepare students to help solve these challenges facing society. A select number of universities around the country have been approved as GCSP Schools, and CUA is very proud to be one of them! Students from these schools who are accepted into the program undertake a program of study involving five elements:
  • a "Grand Challenge"-themed research or design project,
  • an interdisciplinary curriculum,
  • entrepreneurship,
  • a global dimension, and
  • service learning.

Students who complete the program earn the distinction of graduating as Grand Challenge Scholars and a certificate signed by the President of the National Academy of Engineering. Past Grand Challenge Scholars are listed on the GCSP website, and rave about the benefits of the experience for their career preparation and career prospects.

CUA’s first Grand Challenge Scholars were selected from the Class of 2019. Sophomores with cumulative GPA above 3.5 are eligible to apply for the program (applications must be submitted prior to Spring Break of sophomore year). Upon graduation, CUA Grand Challenge Scholars will also receive a notation on their transcript, and receive a plaque from the School of Engineering at Commencement. 
For questions about the program, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Behrmann.