Engineering students attend Grand Challenges Scholars Program in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three Campbell Engineering students — senior Anne Elise Bolton, senior D’Anna Dininny and junior Joshua Brewer (all three in the mechanical engineering concentration) — attended the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program meeting at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., recently.

The students heard from national experts and had an opportunity to network with national engineering leaders and other students in the program from universities from around the country and world. They also attended sessions on engineering ethics, the entrepreneurial mindset, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and other current topics.

“I am so pleased that our engineering students have the opportunity to by inspired by some of the top engineering experts in the nation and beyond,” said founding Dean Jenna Carpenter, who moderated two panel sessions at the meeting. “Campbell’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program will provide them with additional training and experiences to prepare them for the 21st century workforce.”

Students in Campbell’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program focus on one or more of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges for the 21st century and engage in a combination of curricular and extra-curricular activities in five competency areas: talent, multidisciplinary, business/entrepreneurship, multicultural awareness and social consciousness. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates with the capabilities to tackle the grand challenges facing our world in the 21st century.

Graduates of the program receive a letter from NAE President John Anderson, as well as recognition from the National Academy in their annual press release.