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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

Kenny Sheffler

Senior, Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Potlatch, ID
Faculty Mentor: Erik Coats


Kenny Sheffler
Kenny Sheffler

Project Updates

“The average American family throws out over 300 pounds of food a year. This food goes to landfills where it decomposes, producing carbon dioxide and methane. Not only does this waste money, but it is also harmful to the environment.

As part of my research, I want to travel to Uruguay to help subsistence farmers increase their sustainability. I have seen first-hand the impacts of climate change on our world. I studied abroad in Suva, Fiji, my sophomore year. While here, I saw the impacts of ocean acidification, sea-level rise, and intense tropical storms.”

Project Details

I will gain hands-on experience by assisting farmers as they grow, harvest and manage their subsistence farms. I anticipate learning unique processes the farmers in Uruguay use, and I will be able to bring these ideas back to the University of Idaho.

This project overlaps with interdisciplinary aspects because I will be learning about agriculture methods in another country. Additionally, I will be learning about the way of life in Uruguay and about methods that could be potentially used in the United States.

I will be obtaining a business minor. The courses I have taken include operations management, accounting, management and economics. These have given me a great understanding of the nexus between engineering and business.

Throughout my project, I have gained an understanding of global challenges through my study abroad experience in Suva, Fiji, and in my upcoming service trip to Uruguay.

Traveling to Uruguay to help subsistence farmers increase sustainability will allow me to take my project experience in anaerobic digestion and apply it in a service-learning environment.

Grand Challenge Focus Area

Make Solar Energy Economical

As a source of energy, nothing matches the sun. Only a small fraction of the sun’s power output strikes the Earth, but even that provides 10,000 times as much as all the commercial energy that humans use on the planet.

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