• What is the NAE?

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation.

  • What are the Grand Challenges (GCs) envisioned by the NAE?

The NAE long term vision on the Grand Challenges for Engineering was expressed in 2008 as what engineers must deliver throughout the XXI Century, to all people, in order to ensure continuation of life on the Planet. The vision is based on following 14 goals, grouped in 4 main thematic areas:

  • Sustainability Grand Challenge Theme:(i) Make Solar Energy economical; (ii) Provide Energy from fusion; (iii) Develop carbon sequestration methods; (iv) Manage the nitrogen cycle; (v) Provide Access to Clean Water;
  • Health Grand Challenge Theme:(vi) Advance health informatics; (vii) Engineer Better Medicines;
  • Security Grand Challenge Theme:(viii) Prevent Nuclear Terror; (ix) Secure cyberspace; (x) Restore and improve urban infrastructure;

Joy of Living Grand Challenge Theme: (xi) Reverse-Engineer the brain; (xii) Enhance virtual reality; (xiii) Advance personalized learning; (xiv) Engineer the tools of scientific discovery.

These challenges are also aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations (UN) in 2000.

  • What are the GCSP?

It is the talent-forming component of the NAE GC program. Its objective is to encourage educational institutions from all over the world to develop activities, projects and complementary studies aiming to train their students through the acquisition of skills that can be used for the benefit of society and the common good all over the planet. The ultimate aim is that future engineers, designers and administrators trained under this program are able to face GCs during their professional lives, making our world more sustainable, safe, healthy and happy.

Each institution (university, college or school) define strategies independently, creating a portfolio of options for continuity projects and related actions, in which students can get involved, throughout the course, gradually forming a repertoire based on in the following competencies:

- Technical-Creative Competency

- Multidisciplinary Competency

- Viable business /  Entrepreneurship Competency

- Multicultural Empathy Competency

- Social Consciousness Competency

  • How to Join the GCSP?

 In order to participate in the program, the student needs to pass a selection and recruitment process, since the number of places is limited. Students from Engineering, Design and Administration courses may be admitted, preferably in the second year.

Details about that recruitment process can be seen in the Students Selection Process Guide available in section 5 of the Open LMS.

  • I was admitted to the program. What should I do now?

The first step is to define a mentor to guide the student so that he / she can complete all the activities necessary to successfully complete the program, preferably having knowledge in one of the areas of activity defined as a priority in the preparation of the work proposal.

The mentor will guide the student in several aspects, including:

- definition of an individual and balanced program for each approved student based on a list of activities pre-selected by the student and the emphasis necessary for the student to acquire the desired skills; the "menu" of activity options available for the program is shown in Appendix I (see Manual). In this respect, it is important to observe the continuity and thematic connectivity of each activity; the various themes available for continuity and connectivity are addressed in Appendix II (see Manual). More details about that GCSP themes can be seen in section 4 of the Open LMS.

 - providing continuous feedback on the fulfillment of activities throughout the program and on its performance;

- guide the student to deliver the reports within the established deadlines and manage to carry out their self-assessment.

  • How is the mentor defined? Can I choose it?

The mentor is defined by the course coordinator in order to guide students to develop activities related to one or more GCSP themes. The course coordinator can assist in the appointment of mentors and their respective areas of expertise.

The GCSP committee (Appendix III  of the Manual) will also be able to guide the student and assist him in this definition.

It is important that the appointed mentor can effectively contribute to directing the student throughout the performance of all activities that are part of the program and aligned with the theme chosen by the student on your admission.

  • What are the duties of the student admitted to the program?

The student admitted to the program must:

- meet with the mentor periodically (in person or via the web) following his or her guidelines;

- fulfill the program discussed with the mentor, including all the activities to be carried out to achieve the necessary skills; adjustments to the pre-established program can be made to correct problems related to connectivity or program continuity;

- prepare a report at the end of each semester including the self-assessment items associated with each of the skills of the GCSP - IMT program;

- pay attention to the mentor's feedback regarding their performance evaluation or the results of the reports developed;

- participate actively by making presentations during the annual GCSP symposium;

- finalize the program, fulfilling all stages of development.

  • How will be the student assessed?

The performance evaluation will be carried out by:

- semiannual report to be delivered by the student;

- filling out a self-assessment form (rubrics) which will allow you to check if the student is acquiring the desirable skills for GCSP;

- fulfillment of the activities proposed by the mentor throughout the course according to pre-established planning at the beginning of the activities.

  • What benefits does the student have when participating in the program?

The participant will receive a certificate that is internationally recognized which will certainly contribute to the enhancement of their curriculum and eventually to create professional opportunities.

All students awarded with GCSP-IMT status will be listed on the IMT program page and will automatically join a community of GCSP-IMT Scholar alumni and, hopefully, a worldwide NAE GCSP Scholar community, where they will be able to share your career ideas and achievements with alumni, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), industry partners and prospective students and employers.

Also, during the traditional annual graduation ceremony on campus, IMT will praise students who have successfully graduated as members of the GCSP-IMT program with special honors and a mention in the official IMT transcript.