NAE Recognizes 2012 Grand Challenges Scholars


Wed, May 09, 2012

May 09, 2012 —

WASHINGTON – The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) congratulates 30 students for graduating as NAE Grand Challenges Scholars in 2012. The students will receive diplomas this month from Arizona State University, Duke University, Lafayette College, Louisiana Tech University, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, University of Tennessee, and University of Southern California. There are currently 45 Grand Challenges Scholars programs either operating or in development in the United States.

The Grand Challenges Scholars program stemmed from the NAE's 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering. It is a combined curricular and extra-curricular program designed to prepare students to work on problems whose solutions could dramatically improve quality of life around the world. In 2009, leaders from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering proposed this new education model. The program employs a number of components, including: research experience, an interdisciplinary curriculum (referred to as Engineering +), entrepreneurship, a global dimension, and service learning.

The 2012 NAE Grand Challenges Scholars are as follows:

Arizona State University:
Bobby Cottam and Guy Vernon Pickett III

Duke University:
Amanda Britt, Maria Gibbs, Catherine Joseph, Greer Mackebee, Andrew Mang, Annelise Mesler, Sidney Primas, Chris Radford, Alex Sun, Andrew Weitz, Xin Xu, and David Yudovich

Lafayette College:
Thomas Benjamin, Felix Hutchison, Jared Katz, Katherine Metcalf, Elliott Mitchell-Colgan, and Yue Yuan

Louisiana Tech:
Megan Carroll, Katherine Elfer, Dela Jakub-Wood, Nishi Mehta

Franklin W. Olin College:
Jeffrey Atkinson, Ananya Kejriwal, and Kevin Simon

University of Tennessee:
Mark E. Walker

University of Southern California:
Samantha Ma and Kristen Sharer

Below is the list of 2011 graduates from the program:

Duke University:
Anna Brown, Jared Dunnmon, Ben Gagne, Francesco LaRocca, Trisha Lowe, Niru Maheswaranathan, Lyndsey Morgan, Eng Seng Ng, and Eric Thorne

Louisiana Tech:
Stephanie Parker and Louis Reis

Olin College:
Marco Morales, Andy Pethan, and Christina Powell

The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the wellbeing of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.


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