UMBC’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program is designed for students from all majors who are interested in solving important societal problems. The program fosters a vibrant interdisciplinary community to help tackle the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges, and gives students experiences and skills to create solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.
What are the Grand Challenges?
The Grand Challenges are 14 broad problems in the areas of sustainability, health, security, and knowledge. Solutions to these issues require interdisciplinary teamwork and years of sustained effort. Read more at engineeringchallenges.org.
Joy of living
Reverse Engineer the Brain
Enhance Virtual Reality
Advance Personalized Learning
Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery
Prevent Nuclear Terror
Restore & Improve Urban Infrastructure
Make Solar Energy Economical
Provide Energy From Fusion
Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods
Manage the Nitrogen Cycle
Provide Access to Clean Water
Advance Health Informatics
Engineer Better Medicines
“The Grand Challenges are a call to action and serve as a focal point for society’s attention to opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life.” –National Academy of Engineering