WATCH LIVE WEBCAST: 2016 National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program Annual Meeting

***Registration for this event is closed. Please note that attendance is only permitted if guests have paid and registered.***


The 2016 Annual Meeting of the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) will be held in Washington, DC, on Friday, October 7, 2016. The invitation-only event will start with reception on Thursday evening, October 6, 2016 at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) building (2101 Constitution Avenue, NW), which is also where the main sessions will take place on Friday morning, October 7, 2016. Friday afternoon will feature deep-dive discussions at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The program will devote significant time for brainstorming, discussion, and ideas for the further development of the GCSP.

Key outcomes of the meeting will be to share best practices, maintain and build GCSP momentum, enhance the program’s visibility, explore ways of connecting with K-12, develop corporate and foundation partnerships, and identify areas in need of programmatic support.

The White House session will have limited attendance capacity and invitations to that portion of the meeting will be sent separately. Priority for attendance at the OSTP session will be given by the NAE to schools with active GCSPs and those that clearly intend to launch a GCSP, with a limit of one representative per school. GCSP schools are invited to send a brief status update of their program (which will be shared with the White House OSTP) to Grand Challenges for Engineering project director Randy Atkins at

The Grand Challenges Scholars Program is poised to expand significantly in the next few years. This meeting will lay the foundation for that expansion and determine the measures needed to ensure the success, effectiveness, and sustainability of this visionary program.

October 6

NAS West Court


October 7 morning

NAS Auditorium

8:35-8:50 – Dan Mote welcoming remarks

8:50-8:55 – Greg Washington, Engineering Deans Council

8:55-12:10 – Panel Discussions

  • State of the GCSP: Program Updates and Best Practices (8:55-9:40)
  • Student and Alumni Experiences (9:40-10:25)
  • Linking to K-12 Programs (10:25-11:25)
  • GCSP: A New Model for Higher Education (11:25-12:10)

12:10-12:20 – Global Grand Challenges Summit update

12:20-12:30 – Student Day update, proposed ethics/interdisciplinary workshops

12:30-1:30 – Lunch (NAS atrium)

October 7 afternoon

White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

2:00-2:30 – Introductions from White House – Room 430

2:30-3:00 – Summary of morning sessions – Room 430

3:00-400 – Brainstorming/Group Discussions

  • Room 460: Program Best Practices, Building Networks, Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Room 442: Creating a link to K-12 Programs, OER, and other extensions (global, corporate)
  • Room 230A: Expanding GCSP movement, Raising Visibility, Sponsorship

4:00-4:45 – Report Out/Follow-up Actions – Room 430

4:45-5:00 – Next Steps – Room 430

October 6, 2016 – October 7, 2016
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC