The College of Engineering's mission is to lead discovery, learning, and innovation by creating and disseminating knowledge, empowering significant advances in technology, and driving economic development, for the welfare of the state, the nation, and the world.

The Grand Challenges Scholars Program will exemplify this mission by increasing the awareness of future engineers in the challenges that face our world today. Paraphrasing our core values and guiding principles: we believe that a student empowered with a quality education has confidence, is able to take risks, finds innovative solutions to problems, and ultimately will have the ability to make the world a better place.


The vision of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program at North Carolina State University is to maintain the College of Engineering's global reputation for excellence and to be a world-class leader and international model for facilitating intellectual property and technology transfer. We plan to address the fourteen complex issues, established by the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges, by providing diverse educational possibilities, global-scale research alternatives, and numerous entrepreneurial or service learning opportunities for our students. The Program will progressively expand the capabilities of its members, both personally and professionally, by broadening their outlook on societal concerns and promoting social responsibility and lifelong involvement in the problems facing the world in the 21st century. Presently, the College is actively engaged in five components represented by the Program; however, GC Scholars, in cooperation with faculty mentors, industry, and government, will begin leading the expansion of the tenets of the Grand Challenges through discoveries, recognized scholarly publications, and information exchange. With the formal implementation of the Program, we envision a world-class facility for interdisciplinary research and education, attracting a diverse set of students, faculty, and staff, who will embrace innovation and collaboration in the best solutions to the world's problems.