AggiE_Challenge is a program designed to actively engage engineering undergraduate students with multidisciplinary team projects related to the engineering challenges facing our society. The grand challenges include, but are not limited to, the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering (articulated by the National Academy of Engineering), the 14 Grand Challenges for Global Health (articulated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), and Engineering World Health: Projects That Matter. The program provides engineering undergraduates with opportunities to engage in multidisciplinary team projects addressing elements of some of the most important engineering challenges. Since fall 2012, more than 680 students have participated in the AggiE_Challenge program.
For information on the AggiE_Challenge program, please check 2015 ASEE paper, “Multidisciplinary Vertically Integrated Teams Working on Grand Challenges”.
The Texas A&M University College of Engineering is a member of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Consortium and participates thru the AggiE_Challenge program. Expected outcomes of this collaboration are: improved promotion and recruitment of students and support to faculty leading vertically integrated and multidisciplinary teams in experiential learning. VIP was established at Georgia Institute of Technology and funded by The Helmsley Charitable Trust.
"This is my third, and final, semester taking this course. It has been an incredible experience beginning with nothing but a problem statement a year and a half ago and transforming a few small ideas into a fully working solution; a solution that will have a direct impact on the quality of life of others. This is truly something you do not get the opportunity to experience or see in a traditional lecture or lab course. For this reason, I would strongly encourage the engineering department to continue offering these courses. I cannot overstate the positive impact that this course has had on my experience here at Texas A&M."
"The most valuable aspect of my experience with the AggiE-Challenge project is the constant opportunity to improve and expand my knowledge. The multi-disciplinary aspect has opened up job opportunities that would have never been possible. The benefits of interacting with graduate mentors is that he nourished our ideas while giving us direction. The benefits of my interaction with faculty is that we were given the opportunity to see the responsibilities of a teacher outside of the classroom."
For additional information or inquiries from industry sponsors interested in sponsoring an AggiE_Challenge team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org