“The U.S.’s current energy infrastructure is not viable due to the growing consequences of climate change. We need to look toward global leaders in renewable energies if we are to progress toward a more sustainable future.
Germany is transitioning toward sustainable energy, and is a global leader in the field of engineering. As part of my project, I intend to spend eight months studying and researching there to learn about their infrastructure and engineering, and expand my understanding of global issues and how other countries work to combat climate change.”
During summer 2018, I worked on a hands-on research project creating a scientific tool that can accurately measure the strength of wheat stalks. This project was my focus at last year’s pitch event. In summer 2019, I plan on acquiring a research internship at a German university. There are possibilities for research through the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) later on as well.
GCSP incorporates public policy through an understanding of responsible engineering practices and the participation of scholars in social events such the Pitch Event. The GCSP opens up a discussion about global challenges, helps us discern how certain aspects of human behavior led to some of these issues, and upholds the notion that science can help.
The Pitch Event hosted through this organization offers students the opportunity to experience the entrepreneurial side of engineering and science. Discussing one's ideas and designs with influential people opens up countless possibilities for innovation and should be practiced more often as students.
I will travel to Germany to gain global connections to the international engineering community as well as an expanded perspective on challenges facing our world. Conducting sustainability research in a new country with international colleagues would broaden my skill-set in global research and communication.
The GCSP focuses entirely on challenges threatening the global community. Working on one of these challenges offers insight into how the global standard of living can be increased with scientific progress. My work in summer 2018 focused on the problem of global food shortages and helped me understand many issues facing impoverished populations.
Grand Challenge Focus Area
The Earth is a planet of finite resources, and its growing population currently consumes them at a rate that cannot be sustained. Economical sources of clean and renewable energy must be found while ways of reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuels are developed.