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NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program at Duke University Lead Institution: Duke University, Durham, NC Collaborating Institutions: The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering Category: Course/Curricular Date Implemented: February 2009 Website: Program Description: The five components of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program are: (1) Project or independent research related to a The proposed GC portfolio and written GC senior thesis both Grand Challenge. (2) Interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares must be completed by the close of finals period prior to gradua- engineering students to work in domains of public policy, tion. It is expected that senior GC scholars will present their business, law, ethics, human behavior, risk, medicine, and the work in Pratt GC-related activities to network with other sciences. (3) Entrepreneurial experience that prepares students scholars and to provide information to interested underclass- to translate invention to innovation. (4) Global dimension that men. Senior GC scholars also should plan to attend the national enables students to lead innovation in a global econ- GC Summit to present their work and to network with omy. (5) Service learning experience that deepens the GC Scholars from other participating engineering students' motivation to bring their technical expertise schools. to bear on societal problems. The Duke program Assessment Information: Each Scholar and Faculty educates engineering undergraduates to have the Advisor formulate a Portfolio in which the student technical expertise, breadth of knowledge, and the must show in-depth completion of a (1) research- social, ethical, and environmental awareness to based or project-based practicum and (2) an interdis- successfully pursue leadership positions in addressing ciplinary curriculum composed of an engineering the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. This is major and a series of at least two additional non- accomplished by requiring each GC Scholar to engineering courses, both specifically linked to one of propose and complete a five-component GC portfolio, the Grand Challenges. "In-depth" is defined as three and by completing a GC senior thesis. All undergradu- or more regular semester classes, independent studies, ate students in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke or the equivalent. The student must also show are eligible to participate in the NAE GC Scholars medium or minimum depth completion of (1) an Program, and are free to pursue affiliation with a broad array of entrepreneurial component on the process of translating programs at Duke University as long as it is endorsed by the invention and innovation into market ventures that is themati- GC Faculty Advisor and is approved by the GC Scholars cally linked to one of the Grand Challenges, (2) completion of a Program Steering Committee. However, certain programs are global component that instills awareness of global marketing, more facile fits to the GC Scholars Program; consequently the economic, ethical, cross-cultural, and/or environmental con- majority of our GC scholars have affiliated with the following cerns, and (3) a service-learning component that deepens social programs: Duke Engage Program, Pratt Fellows Program, Pratt awareness and heightens motivation to develop practical Smart Home Fellows Program, Pratt Engineering World Health solutions for society's problems. "Medium-depth" is defined as Program, Pratt Engineers Without Borders Program, and the at least one of the following: a practicum immersion experience Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization. or research activity that spans an 8-week summer or a regular Within the Pratt School of Engineering of Duke University, all semester, or one regular semester class or independent study. departments have been represented in the Grand Challenge "Minimum-depth" is defined as a semester or less of extra- Scholars Program. These departments are Biomedical, Civil curricular experience such as a volunteer activity, short course, and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, and workshop, seminar series, or conference. Materials Science. Funding/Sustainability: Estimated funding for the first year of Anticipated and Actual Outcomes: The goal of the first two the program was $100,000. This includes budgets for the first years is to foster the early engagement of engineering under- two classes of Scholars. The Pratt School of Engineering and graduates who may be interested in pursuing a Duke NAE generous donors sponsored the initiation of the program. An Grand Challenge Scholars designation. It is recommended that endowment was secured from a generous donor, and additional interested underclassmen participate in GC-related curricular foundation support has been secured for the program. The (course credit) or extra-curricular (no course credit) activities, program is reviewed annually by the GC Scholars Steering and engage in organized and informal discussions with faculty Committee consisting of the directors of undergraduate studies and students involved in the GC Scholars Program. Students in each of the four academic departments and the directors of interested in receiving a Grand Challenge Scholar designation Duke Engage Program, Pratt Fellows Program, Pratt Smart must submit a proposal to the Pratt GC Scholars Committee Home Fellows Program, Pratt Engineering World Health prior to Thanksgiving Break in the first semester of their junior Program, Pratt Engineers Without Borders Program, and the year. The GC Scholars Steering Committee reviews proposals Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization. and successful candidates are notified early in the spring term. 18