2016 COE Grand Challenge Engineers
The Grand Challenge Engineers Program is a distinction that each undergraduate student of the College of Engineering of North Carolina A&T State University is eligible to earn. Inductees will be presented a personalized medallion at the COE Spring 2016 Graduation Reception, and will join a select group of national Grand Challenge Engineers.
Each year the names of the COE students who achieve this distinction will be advertised locally and shared nationally, as the COE of NC A&T joins Colleges of Engineering across the United States in embracing the importance of producing “Grand Challenge Engineers” ready to solve the Grand Challenge problems facing society.
How to Apply:
All COE undergraduates will receive an application link via email from Dr. Bala Ram. (a) In the online application, in addition to stating your name and COE major, you are asked to document your accomplishments and experiences in each of the five areas of the challenge.
You are also asked to provide your reflections (reflections are intended to provide meaning to your prior experiences and your opinion of how it could guide your future actions). (b) You are also to provide a compilation of some documentation (letters, emails, etc.) of your accomplishments and experiences, in a single pdf file.
Five Areas of The Grand Challenge:
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
List experiences such as with a start-up of a new venture, dissemination of technology, coursework in entrepreneurship, projects or internships demonstrating innovation.
- Experiential Activities and Interdisciplinary Experiences
List experiences with clients and mentors that includes interdisciplinary experience in fields such as public policy, business, law, medicine, ethics, and communications; also include co-op or internship experiences, projects involving prototype building or working with a company
- Grand Challenge Research/Projects
List any research or design projects you may have worked on, that is related to the Grand Challenges of Engineering in the 21st century (see below for list), briefly state in each case the link you see to a specific Grand Challenge).
- Energy and Environment (Make solar energy affordable, Provide energy from fusion, Develop carbon sequestration methods)
- Food and Nutrition (Manage the nitrogen cycle, Provide access to clean water)
- Healthcare (Advance health informatics, Engineer better medicines, Reverse-engineer the brain)
- Learning and Discovery (Enhance virtual reality, Advance personalized learning, Engineer the tools for scientific discovery)
- Security (Prevent nuclear terror, Secure cyberspace)
- Urban Infrastructure (Restore and improve urban infrastructure)
- Global and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
List experiences gained through involvement with globally complex issues in unfamiliar environments, such as a semester abroad, any projects with a global or cross-cultural theme.
- Social Consciousness
List activities or projects / service-learning, such as problem-based community projects that foster an appreciation of the impact of engineering and its role in serving human welfare and the needs of society.
Midnight, Monday April 11th, 2016
Completed applications are reviewed by a five member committee, largely composed of engineers from industry. No limit has been set by the committee for the number of recognitions for 2016. Those that are selected for recognition will be informed Friday, April 29, 2016.