The United States National Academy of Engineering has identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering and called for a new engineering education paradigm – the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) – to prepare engineers to address those challenges and help change the world.
The GCSP has been implemented at engineering schools around the world, with more schools planning to join this initiative. NYUAD recently became a member and in Fall 2020, will be an active participant in this global effort on the part of engineering schools and industry to address some of the most crucial issues of our time and to prepare students to find innovative solutions to the challenging problems facing humanity as exemplified by the Grand Challenges.
Consonant with the NAE’s Vision for Engineering in the current century, “Continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, safe, healthy, and joyful”, the GCSP is envisioned as a combined curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular program with five competencies especially designed to prepare students to address major global challenges facing society in this century. The five competencies are:
The mission of the NYUAD Engineering Division is to educate and shape leaders in engineering, technology, and innovation for the modern, technologically advanced, competitive global society. To fulfill this mission, the Engineering Curriculum has incorporated the following highlighted features:
The breadth and features of the NYUAD engineering education have significant overlap with, and complement the GCSP in supporting its implementation at NYUAD.
This program will be launched in Spring 2021. For more information, please contact Sunil Kumar, Global Network Professor of Engineering and NYUAD Grand Challenges Scholars Program Director.