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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

Steve Haener

Junior, Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Boise, ID
Faculty Mentor: Daniel Robertson 


Steve Haener
Steve Haener

Project Updates

“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.”

Project Details

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

Sustainability

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.

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