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Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

Allison Ellingson

Electrical Engineering

Senior
Boise, Idaho
Faculty mentor: Ben Richardson, Biological Engineering


Reverse Engineer the Brain

Grand Challenge Pitch

The Grand Challenge Scholars program has encouraged me to pursue interesting opportunities I wouldn’t necessarily have pursued before. It led me to find the connection for studying abroad in China, as well as pushing me to find research that I found interesting and applicable to the grand challenges.

Allison Ellingson
Allison Ellingson

I will be working with biological engineering Professor Ben Richardson to determine the effect of alcohol dependency on signals across singular neurons in the cerebellum in mice and rats.

I completed a 3-credit course in the Honors College; “Love and Happiness” ISEM. Reverse engineering the brain will bring breakthroughs for mental illness and how we can better deal with them when we understand how they function.

I created the “El Cap Challenge” to fundraise over $600 for the climbing club, encouraging the community to participate and climb to tower 53 times over the course of the semester.

This past summer I studied abroad in China, taking an engineering economics course at the Wenzheng College of Soochow University in Suzhou, China. I was fully immersed in the culture, living with a Chinese roommate, and taking a Chinese Language class on campus as well.

As president of the student branch of IEEE, planned meetings, events and conferences including Rising Stars Conference, served as an ECE Ambassador and acted as a mentor through the Society of Women in Engineering program.

Grand Challenge Focus Area

Reverse Engineer the Brain

For decades, some of engineering’s best minds have focused their thinking skills on how to create thinking machines — computers capable of emulating human intelligence.

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach