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Grand Challenge Scholars Program | Video: Texas A&M University College of Engineering

Program Description

The Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) is based on the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering. It is a multi-year, research-based program designed to prepare students to be 21st-century problem solvers. At Texas A&M University, through the GCSP, you will be ready to address global concerns through competencies that impart an ability to see the big picture, consider all aspects of a problem and create value for society. Through experiences such as coursework, research, extracurricular activities, internships, study abroad and volunteer opportunities, we will assist you in achieving the program goal of preparing tomorrow’s engineering leaders to solve the grand challenges facing society during the next century.

NAE Grand Challenges


  • Provide access to clean drinking water
  • Engineer better medicines
  • Reverse-engineer the brain
  • Advance health informatics
  • Provide energy from fusion
  • Develop carbon sequestration methods
  • Restore and improve urban infrastructure
  • Manage the nitrogen cycle
  • Make solar energy economical
  • Prevent nuclear terror
  • Secure Cyberspace
Joy of Living
  • Enhance virtual reality
  • Advance personalized learning
  • Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
Program Benefits
  • Gain a better understanding of game-changing engineering concepts
  • Numerous networking opportunities with the option to attend national GCSP conferences
  • Distinguished recognition by the NAE
  • Take part in a cohort of like-minded individuals who all want to make the world a better place