Our educational system needs to adapt to ever-changing scientific, industrial, economic, and social systems. However, since changes in the educational system have long-term repercussions, one has to apply care in preserving the relative stability of existing educational structures so that changes are adapted towards only those trends that have enduring and significant impact on society. At the turn of the 21st century, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering identified 14 engineering grand challenges for the 21st century. We discuss how undergraduate education can be shaped to address these grand challenges.


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  • Received: 18 January 2014
  • Accepted: 30 April 2014
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