Sarah Willis Receives Alumni Award For Excellence
Sarah Willis is a Master of Science student with a 4.0 GPA who is planning to graduate during the spring 2019 semester. Sarah was instrumental and is a coauthor for an article submitted to the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics entitled “Orthodontia: A Mechanical Engineering Perspective.” For this article Sarah performed numerous finite element analyses to bench mark a locally developed closed form numerically solved mechanics model. She is currently involved with two other articles. Her ground-breaking inter-disciplinary work promises to define a new frontier for research and development between dental science and engineering mechanics. Sarah’s expertise in solid modeling led to her appointment as a co-instructor in two of the most popular technical electives that deploy solid modeling to advance design thinking (ME 421 and ME 490).
In addition to strong facilitation skills, she has made significant refinements to the public-facing websites that support these courses
She is leader on the graduate student team that collaborates with professional staff to provide stewardship of computer-aided design and manufacturing resources within our department. She mentors six senior design teams, participating in design reviews and guiding students in the machine shop during the fabrication of projects.
“It is evident to me that he [Dr. Odom] has been a very successful engineer and professor, and has taught me the most about what I need to know before I enter the engineering workforce.” Sarah Willis, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student
Sarah has volunteered her time as tour guide for prospective students and their families, presented at Envision Idaho as well as Invent Idaho events, assisted with UIdaho Bound days, and exhibited at Tech Day in Spokane. Her passion for engineering, as well as her highly developed skill in connecting with diverse audiences, has shined through all of these venues.
Sarah had the opportunity to name an inspiration mentor, who also received an award. Sarah named Dr. Edwin Odom because “It is evident to me that he has been a very successful engineer and professor, and has taught me the most about what I need to know before I enter the engineering workforce.”
Sarah has accepted an offer to work for Janicki Industries after graduation.