Eligibility, Application, and Selection
The Tandon Global Leaders program is an invite-only admissions process. Selected first-year individuals with a 3.5 GPA and above will be invited to apply.
- Students who were not referred to the program and invited to apply are not eligible.
- Transfer students are not eligible.
- No applications for appeals can be submitted.
For further information on this process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
An invitation will be sent to eligible students in mid-January.
Application deadline: March 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm
Interested applicants must submit the following items as part of the application:
- Faculty recommendation letter
- Personal Statement: Explain your reasons and goals for participating in the TGL program. Describe specific prior relevant experiences and/or desired personal and career/professional goals. Answer “what does being a “global leader” mean to you? How would being a part of TGL prepare you for the multicultural, multidisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and socially-conscious global engagement needed for 21st-century engineering?
- Essay on Technology for Global Challenges: Write about a particular Global Challenge that you are interested in, and how you see technology, innovation, engineering, and entrepreneurship helping to address that challenge.
- Review the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Education for Sustainable Development Goals reports to help you identify a global challenge that you are passionate about
- Grand Challenges for Engineering. National Academy of Engineering. (2008). Updated 2017
- Education for sustainable development goals: Learning objectives. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (2017)
- Optional e-portfolio of prior relevant work
Examples of Global Challenge areas that students can address as part of the program include, but are not limited to:
- developing environmentally friendly, safe, and affordable energy solutions and mitigating impact from fossil fuels (e.g., solar power, nuclear fusion, carbon dioxide capture, nitrogen cycle management, quality and availability of clean drinking water)
- developing and increasing access to new and better medicines and vaccines; computerizing health information to assist with disease control, prevention, and treatment
- finding sustainable and ecologically responsible ways of restoring aging infrastructures and services; developing countermeasures for earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters; innovating ways to make the cities of the future smart and resilient
- designing systems to secure cyberspace that are effective and user-friendly; developing technologies to protect computer systems from cyber attacks
- broadening access to wireless service and increasingly sophisticated wireless communications (e.g., 5G mobile); developing innovations in the areas of telecommunications, signal processing, and networking that improve everyday life
- Data Science/AI/Robotics
- harnessing the collective power of data, machine learning techniques, and autonomous systems to address global issues
- Emerging Media
- exploring and developing world-changing technologies that combine creative practice, experimentation, media design, and engineering
A small group of applicants will be invited for interviews with program leadership, after which finalists will be offered admission to the program.