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In 2008, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. These problems were identified by the NAE as being of utmost importance to humanity, and described as ‘call to action and serve as a focal point for society's attention to opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life’. The National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a combined curricular and extra-curricular program designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century. Many universities are participating in the program and NDSU has been selected as one of them and is offering this program to undergraduate engineering students.

The Grand Challenges Scholars program at NDSU is a comprehensive research immersive program for energetic and ambitious undergraduate students who wish to participate in this great national venture of engineering. Graduates of this program are expected to be among the key players in solving the grand challenges to humanity today. This program will selectively recruit students who are currently freshmen, as described in the application process. Participation in the program will be concurrent to student preparation towards their degrees in their respective departments in engineering. Upon selection, students will work in one of the topics listed on the NDSU grand challenge scholars program projects synergistically with the faculty in charge and graduate students.

The list of Grand Challenges to be tackled is presented below:

1. Advance personalized learning

2. Make solar energy economical

3. Enhance virtual reality

4. Reverse-engineer the brain

5. Engineer better medicines

6. Advance health informatics

7. Restore and improve urban infrastructure

8. Secure cyberspace

9. Provide access to clean water

10. Provide energy from fusion

11. Prevent nuclear terror

12. Manage the nitrogen cycle

13. Develop carbon sequestration methods

14. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery

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North Dakota State University
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