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Locations

UI College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: deanengr@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

UI Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

UI Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

Grand Challenge Scholars Program

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Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century

Grand Challenge Scholars Program

In a letter presented to President Barack Obama in March 2015, UI College of Engineering committed to establish a special academic program designed to prepare students to solve the “Grand Challenges” — complex yet achievable goals to improve national and international health, security, sustainability and quality of life in the 21st century. UI joins 122 engineering schools nationwide that plan to graduate more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the next decade. Will you be one of those engineers? The College of Engineering plans to begin accepting students into the UI Grand Challenge Scholars Program (UIGCSP) in the fall of 2016.

The 14 Grand Challenges

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE), at the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), convened a committee of leading technical thinkers to identify the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century.

Sustainability

Security

Health

Joy of Living

UI Program Components

While the exact requirements to the UI Grand Challenge Scholar Program are currently under-development the program will be a combined curricular and extra-curricular program with five components designed to prepare students to address the grand challenges facing society in this century. All students who complete the program successfully will receive a distinction of Grand Challenge Scholar endorsed by University of Idaho and the National Academy of Engineering.

  • Hands-on Project OR Research Experience
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Dimension
  • Service Learning

Grand Challenge Pitch Event

Every fall the College of Engineering holds a pitch event in conjunction with the acceptance of a new class of Grand Challenge Scholars. Students pitch their projects to an assembly of judges made up of faculty, alumni and members of the UI Academy of Engineers with the purpose of securing funding for their ideas. Learn more about the Grand Challenge Pitch Event.

The deadline to apply for the fall 2016 Grand Challenge Scholars Program class has passed.

Interest forms will continue to be collected from students interested in participating the fall 2017 GSCP class.

Program Contacts

General Program Inquiries and Questions

Joe Law

Associate Dean for Undergraduates
joel@uidaho.edu
208-885-7230

Maria Pregitzer

Director of Student Services 
mpregitzer@uidaho.edu
208-885-9700

Locations

UI College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: deanengr@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

UI Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

UI Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach