Grand Challenges Scholars Program

At the turn of the century, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) reviewed the engineering achievements that transformed our society and identified 14 Grand Challenges for the 21st century. The NAE identified these challenges with the goal of leveraging the expertise of engineers and computer scientists to find impactful solutions to real world problems. The Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP), in turn, is designed to revolutionize our engineering and computer science education to prepare the next generation of engineers and computer scientists with the knowledge, skills, tools, and mindset to solve these grand challenges. 

With a mission of advancing technical and scientific knowledge and capabilities to improve quality of life for our global society the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science is a natural fit for the Grand Challenges Scholar Program. The RSECS staff and faculty collaborated to submit our application to be a GCSP school. On July 13, 2017  we received the official news that we were accepted by the NAE.

Get Involved

Beginning Fall 2017, the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science will launch the Grand Challenges Scholars Program at DU; a curricular and co-curricular, experiential learning program designed to usher you towards the path of your passion as a future engineer while solving one of these grand challenges!

The Ritchie School is looking for ambitious students who want to work collaboratively on a team of diverse students to find solutions to complex challenges such as virtual reality, solar energy, urban infrastructure, cybersecurity, and clean water. All incoming students who are interested should enroll in the Engineering Connections Seminar (ENGR 1511). This course is required for all engineers, but we encourage everyone else interested in Grand Challenges to enroll as well. This is a one-credit class for the fall quarter. 


If you have additional questions about the Grand Challenges Scholars Program please contact:

Ashley Sherman

Assistant Director of Student Services

(303) 871-2427