Student Enrichment Spotlight- Eman Alhajji and the Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Student Enrichment Spotlight: Eman Alhajji


Eman Alhajji, a senior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU), was recently selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) during the 2017-18 academic year. This program, launched in 2009, is designed to prepare the next generation of engineers to “address complex social issues that require innovative technology and a systems approach to solving them”.


Of the 14 pre-established Grand Challenge research topics, Eman chose to work on Making Solar Energy Economical 

During summer 2017, Eman worked with KAUST Professor Husam Alshareef and doctoral student, Fan Zhang on a project focused on increasing the efficiency of sodium ion batteries.  This research will now be incorporated into Eman’s GCSP propo
Throughout the upcoming academic year, Eman will have the opportunity to present her research at a national Grand Challenge Summit while networking with other GCSP scholars, as well as at her home university of NCSU.   
Congratulations Eman!
The process of synthesizing and testing advanced anodes for sodium ion batteries
Eman working in a KAUST lab

KGSP’s commitment to providing meaningful enrichment opportunities tailored to individual student needs, talents and professional goals differentiates the Scholarship from other programs of its kind.  KGSP students benefit from participating in at least two such activities each year—one in the summer, and one during the regular academic term.  Summer enrichment activities include academic research at the home university, specialized research and enrichment programing at a visiting institution, industrial internships, and summer research placements with a KAUST faculty member on campus.  Additional opportunities available throughout the year include attendance at conferences, seminars, short courses, trainings, as well as additional engagement activities with KAUST faculty and leadership.   In AY 2016/17, over 90 percent of all undergraduates participated in such activities.