The Taylor’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Solutions by Engaging with Students Today

  • Douglas Tong Kum TienEmail author
  • Satesh Narayana Namasivayam
  • Se Yong Eh Noum


The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in the US has identified 14 Grand Challenges in engineering confronting humanity. It is imperative to overcome these challenges in order for humanity to have a sustainable future. Consequently, the NAE through the initiative of several US-based universities has created the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) to produce future engineering trained leaders capable of taking on these challenges. What began as a North American initiative has since expanded globally with Taylor’s University’s School of Engineering (SOE) in Malaysia being the first engineering school outside of North America to receive approval from the NAE to conduct a GCSP. This chapter details the initiatives undertaken by SOE in helping to meet the NAE’s objectives through its Taylor’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Tong Kum Tien
    • 1
    Email author
  • Satesh Narayana Namasivayam
    • 1
  • Se Yong Eh Noum
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Engineering, Faculty of Innovation and TechnologyTaylor’s University Lakeside CampusSubang Jaya, Selangor Darul EhsanMalaysia

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