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Program Overview

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The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s vision for the Grand Challenges Scholars Program is to provide opportunities for broadening the student educational experience, enhance students’ understanding of challenges facing society and enhance student and graduate engagement in finding solutions to societal issues. The primary goal of Auburn’s program is to produce students with the skills, broad knowledge and ideas to significantly contribute to developing solutions to the world’s most pressing technical issues and the engineering grand challenges. Participation in the program will enhance students’ understanding that solutions will require the input of multiple disciplines, that communication skills are critical to enable one to effectively advocate for, or against, an idea and that both the challenges and solutions have impacts globally.