Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Grand Challenges Scholars Program

PostedDecember 14, 2012

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Anchor Lede: At some schools, your college student can now take a program specifically designed with the goal of changing the world.

Randy Atkins: It’s called the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, and is based upon a 21st century wish list created by a group of some of today’s leading technological thinkers.

Tom Katsouleas: …things like make solar energy economical, reverse engineer the brain, provide clean water to a billion people who don’t have access to it on a regular basis.

Randy Atkins: Tom Katsouleas is dean of engineering at Duke University. He calls it…

Tom Katsouleas: …less of a list and more of a call to action.

Randy Atkins: At Duke, and about a dozen other schools, the multi-component program is up and running. It boasts enrollment that’s more than half women, unique for engineering.

Tom Katsouleas: This is a generation that craves changing the world and they’re responding to basically a program that empowers them and gives them the tools to do that.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.