“I want to attend the 4th Global Grand Challenges Summit in London, England. Some of the globe's most successful engineers give keynote presentations on the four main topics of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP). Attending the summit will allow me to interact and learn from top scholars from the U.S. and internationally.
There is lots of interest among U of I GCSP participants to have a regional conference to network and share experiences.”
While in London I will get to experience their infrastructure and compare this to the U.S. and Calgary, Alberta. In industry, I will be able to use these unique ideas I may never have thought of, if I hadn't explored other nation’s infrastructure. I want to carry these experiences I get into my industrial career and help restore our infrastructure.
As the president of the GCSP Club, I want to create an opportunity for students in our program to meet other GCSP students in surrounding areas. This conference would allow for the exchange of ideas and the ability to collaborate in research and activities. I will also enhance my interdisciplinary skills through the planning of this conference.
The conference will be the largest event I have ever organized and allow me to use some creative ideas. With a blank platform, I am excited to set the way for other GCSP students to host regional conferences in the future. From food to venue, I will be challenged and gain experiences in working with many different aspects of U of I's faculty.
I believe this networking opportunity in London would allow me to get outside of my comfort zone in the Pacific Northwest and see the global issues other nations are facing.
Seeing a global perspective to my program experience would allow me a more holistic social consciousness when it comes to different societies and how they approach challenges. This is important, especially when looking to improve infrastructure as you need to know how to work alongside with society.
Grand Challenge Focus Area
Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
In 2005, the American Society of Civil Engineers issued a report card, grading various categories of U.S. infrastructure. The average grade was D (Updated to D+ in 2013).