Teaching & Learning

Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP)

Overview

More than 120 U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century. 14 Grand Challenges (GC) are identified through initiates including the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The GCs are a call to action and serve as a focal point for society's attention to opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life.

The GCSP is a combined curricular and extra-curricular elements to prepare students to be the future engineers and scientists that solves the 14 GCs facing the world in this century. The elements will be embedded into the curriculum so as to maximize the learning experience of students, through participation in research projects, Entrepreneurship schemes, interdisciplinary courses, service learning activities and overseas exchange program. The program was endorsed by the NAE in February 2009. For further information about GCSP (NAE), please visit the website below:

NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Grand Challenges for Engineering (Video)

 

Five Curricular Components

  1. Hands-on Project or Research Experience: Related to a Grand Challenge
  2. Interdisciplinary Curriculum: A curriculum that complements engineering fundamentals with courses in other fields, preparing engineering students to work at the overlap with public policy, business, law, ethics, human behavior, risk, and the arts, as well as medicine and the sciences
  3. Entrepreneurship: Preparing students to translate invention to innovation; to develop market ventures that scale to global solutions in the public interest
  4. Global Dimension: Developing the students’ global perspective necessary to address challenges that are inherently global as well as to lead innovation in a global economy
  5. Service Learning: Developing and deepening students’ social consciousness and their motivation to bring their technical expertise to bear on societal problems through mentored experiential learning with real clients
  • A well-connected program would be one where a single component can be linked to one or more of the other components; e.g., interning at an organization (Entrepreneurship) and/or performing research (Research experience) on global health or clean energy (Grand Challenge(s) / Service Learning).
  • Each GC scholar should select or be assigned a faculty mentor to monitor student progress and ensure thematic continuity and connectivity.

The Steering Committee of GCSP

Chairman of GCSP

Name Email Tel. no. Office
Professor Hong Yan
Chair Professor of Computer Engineering
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-4889 YEUNG-B6518

Program Director of GCSP

Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr H P Chan, Andy
Associate Professor
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-8444 YEUNG-G6512

Committee Member

Name Email Tel. no. Office
Professor C W Lim
Professor
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Email address 3442-7285 YEUNG-B6406
Dr T H Chen, Cecil
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email address 3442-4114 YEUNG-P6415
Dr Y C Kong, Richard
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-7794 YEUNG-B6709
Dr H S Wong, Raymond
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-8624 YEUNG-Y6319
Dr C Y Chung, Jonathan
Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Email address 3442-7835 YEUNG-G6713
Professor W C Ho, Daniel
Chair Professor of Applied Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-9652 YEUNG-Y6532
Dr K W Chung
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-8671 YEUNG-Y6509
Dr B L Luk
Laboratory Manager
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-8673 YEUNG-B6612
Dr Condon Lau
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Email address 3442-7882 YEUNG-P6708
Dr Lishuai Li
Assistant Professor
Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
Email address 3442-4726 YEUNG-Y6616

Faculty Mentors

14 Grand Challenges

Sustainability Grand Challenge Theme

(1) Make solar energy economical
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Wing Shing Chan
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-7804 YEUNG-G6360
Dr Jonathan C Y Chung
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Email address 3442-7835 YEUNG-G6713
Dr Roy Vellaisamy
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Email address 3442-2729 YEUNG-G6612
 
(2) Provide energy from fusion

 

(3) Develop carbon sequestration methods
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Leo L Chan
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Email address 3442-4125 YEUNG-B1705
 
(4) Manage the Nitrogen Cycle
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Richard Cheung
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-9514 YEUNG-B6714
 
(5) Provide access to clean water
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Richard Cheung
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-9514 YEUNG-B6714
Dr Alexandar Djordjevich
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-7776 YEUNG-Y6617

 

Health Grand Challenge Theme

(6) Advance health informatics
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Yun Wah Lam
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-6347 YEUNG-G6619
Dr Jianbo Yue
Department of Biomedical Sciences 
Email address 3442-2812 TYB-1A-209
Dr Shuaicheng Li
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-9412 YEUNG-Y6634

Dr K C Wong
Department of Computer Science

Email address 3442-8618 YEUNG-B6424
Dr Hong Xu, Henry
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-4840 YEUNG-B6415
Dr Ho Man Chan, Rosa
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-7651 YEUNG-G6356
Dr Wing Shing Chan
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-7804 YEUNG-G6360
Prof Junhui Wang
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-2153 YEUNG-Y6628

Dr Wing Cheong Lo
Department of Mathematics

Email address 3442-2578 YEUNG-Y6622
Dr Weiyin Ma
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-9548 YEUNG-Y6707
Dr Roy Vellaisamy
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Email address 3442-2729 YEUNG-G6612
Dr K S Chin
Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management
Email address 3442-8306 YEUNG-P6616
 
(7) Engineer better medicines
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Lidai Wang
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email address 3442-6157 YEUNG-Y6619
Dr Jiahai Shi
Department of Biomedical Science
Email address 3442-2481 TYB-1B-108
Dr Richard Kong
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-7794 YEUNG-B6709
Dr Yun Wah Lam
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-6347 YEUNG-G6619
Dr Hongyan Sun
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-9537 YEUNG-B6716
Dr K C Wong
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-8618 YEUNG-B6424
Dr Ho Man Chan, Rosa
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-7651 YEUNG-G6356
Prof Junhui Wang
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-2153 YEUNG-Y6628
Dr Wing Cheong Lo
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-2578 YEUNG-Y6622

 

(8) Prevent nuclear terror
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Alexandar Djordjevich
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-7776 YEUNG-Y6617
 
(9) Secure cyberspace
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Gerhard Petrus Hancke
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-9341 YEUNG-B6421
Dr Chee Wei Tan
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-7652 YEUNG-Y7307
Dr Hong Xu, Henry
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-4840 YEUNG-B6415
Dr Albert Sung
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-9373 YEUNG-G6354
Dr K H Yeung, Alan
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-7739 YEUNG-G6362
 
(10) Restore and improve urban infrastructure
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Prof C W Lim
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Email address 3442-7285 YEUNG-B6406
Dr Jianbo Yue
Department of Biomedical Science
Email address 3442-2812 TYB-1A-209
Dr Chee Wei Tan
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-7652 YEUNG-G7307
Dr Alexandar Djordjevich
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-7776 YEUNG-Y6617

 

Joy of Living Grand Challenge Theme

(11) Reverse-engineer the brain
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Chung Tin
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email address 3442-5145 YEUNG-P6416
Dr Lidai Wang
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email address 3442-6157 YEUNG-Y6619
Department of Computer Science Email address 3442-6509 YEUNG-G7311
Dr Ho Man Chan, Rosa
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-7651 YEUNG-G6356
 
(12) Enhance virtual reality
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Ho Man Chan, Rosa
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-7651 YEUNG-G6356
Dr K W Chung
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-8671 YEUNG-Y6509
Dr Xiaosheng Zhuang
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-5942 YEUNG-Y6510
Dr Weiyin Ma
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-9548 YEUNG-Y6707
 
(13) Advance personalized learning
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Yun Wah Lam
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-6347 YEUNG-G6619
Dr Shuaicheng Li
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-9412 YEUNG-Y6634
Dr Chee Wei Tan
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-7652 YEUNG-Y7307
Dr Ho Man Chan, Rosa
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-7651 YEUNG-G6356
Prof Junhui Wang
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-2153 YEUNG-Y6628
Dr Alexandar Djordjevich
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-7776 YEUNG-Y6617
 
(14) Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
Name Email Tel. no. Office
Dr Heung Fai Lam
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Email address 3442-7303 YEUNG-B6304
Prof C W Lim
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Email address 3442-7285 YEUNG-B6406
Dr Pakpong Chirarattananon
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email address 3442-9550 YEUNG-Y6615
Dr Chung Tin
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email address 3442-5145 YEUNG-P6416
Dr Lidai Wang
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email address 3442-6157 YEUNG-Y6619
Dr Jiahai Shi
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Email address 3442-2481 TYB-1B-108
Dr Yun Wah Lam
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-6347 YEUNG-G6619
Dr Hongyan Sun
Department of Chemistry
Email address 3442-9537 YEUNG-B6716
Dr Chee Wei Tan
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-7652 YEUNG-G7307
Dr K C Wong
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-8618 YEUNG-B6424
Dr Hong Xu, Henry
Department of Computer Science
Email address 3442-4840 YEUNG-B6415
Dr Hau Ping Andy Chan
Department of Electronic Engineering
Email address 3442-8444 YEUNG-G6607
Dr K W Chung
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-8671 YEUNG-Y6509
Dr Wing Cheong Lo
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-2578 YEUNG-Y6622
Dr Xiaosheng Zhuang
Department of Mathematics
Email address 3442-5942 YEUNG-Y6510
Dr Alexandar Djordjevich
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-7776 YEUNG-Y6617
Dr Kwok Yan Li, Lawrence
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-8406 YEUNG-Y6713
Dr Yang Lu
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email address 3442-4061 YEUNG-Y6613