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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

Steven Haener

Mechanical Engineering

Sophomore
Boise, Idaho
Faculty mentor: Daniel Robertson, Mechanical Engineering


Manage the Nitrogen Cycle

Developing Stronger Wheat Strains

Grand Challenge Pitch

Growing up, I never had to worry about food. I never understood the value of food security. For some people, that’s not the case. With our exploding population, the problem of global food insecurity is only going to get worse. I became a mechanical engineer to help people and solve big problems, and I’m doing both with my research on wheat.

Steven Haener
Steven Haener

5 to 15 percent of wheat is lost due to the stock breaking. I plan to collaborate to work on a design that can measure the strength of wheat. This will allow plant breeders to find stronger strains of wheat.

Music has always been a very influential part of my life which is why I declared a 19/21 credit music minor. I can use this platform to spread awareness around food insecurities in our community and world.

I plan to take the BUS 452 tech venture class. This will give me the experience/knowledge to sell and market my research design to plant breeders.

My main plan is to apply to the RISE program, which is a paid research internship to Germany during the summer. This will drastically improve my German, give me a new cultural perspective, and help me understand the global scope of this food issue.

My project is focused on world hunger, but food insecurity is a serious issue in the US as well. Volunteering time at local food banks and food drives will increase my personal awareness of this issue as well as help the local community.

Grand Challenge Focus Area

Manage the Nitrogen Cycle

It doesn’t offer as catchy a label as “global warming,” but human-induced changes in the global nitrogen cycle pose engineering challenges just as critical as coping with the environmental consequences of burning fossil fuels for energy.

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