Tackling Grand Challenges

students holding award

Tackling Grand Challenges

Tackling Grand Challenges


Agile Minds and Visionary Leaders

Thinking Big and Acting Bold

From freshman year forward, Georgia Tech students have opportunities, resources, and incentives to work hands-on with faculty, industry partners, and fellow students to tackle big challenges that affect quality of life. The projects our students work on may change the world — and they definitely change the students, making them more appealing to employers or grad schools and better prepared for entrepreneurial opportunities that await — or that they create.

Sarthak Srinivas in a warehouse inventory headgear device
Students Selected as Finalists in National Invention Competition

An invention from Georgia Tech students that makes it easier to locate items in large warehouses is a finalist for the 2017 Collegiate Inventors Competition, which honors the nation’s top collegiate inventors.

Hands reaching towards water gushing from a spigot

Water Works

For water to come flowing clear and clean from the tap, a lot has to go right. In the United States and other developed countries, people largely take for granted that all systems — mechanical, electrical, structural, and chemical — are go.

the Server Learn Sustain information table.
Serving, Learning, and Sustaining

Georgia Tech’s Serve • Learn • Sustain program infuses environmental, economic, and social sustainability into coursework, community partnerships, and co-curricular activities.

InVenture prize finalists.
Collaborating and Competing

Georgia Tech has numerous competitions that help students team up to develop game-changing ideas and vie for startup support: Grand Challenges, Ideas to Serve, the Global Social Venture Competition, Capstone Project, and the televised InVenture Prize.

Students making and inventing.
Makerspaces and Fablabs

Places like Georgia Tech’s Invention Studio and Digital Fabrication Lab are just two examples of campus spaces where students can create and build everything from working prototypes to art installations.



Three students hike down a hillside toward a bright blue lake
Water, Water Everywhere

Undergraduate students in the Environmental Technology in the Developing World class conduct water quality research in Bolivia while learning about social complexities and work abroad opportunities.