Engineering with a Mission.
Whether it’s bringing solar-powered lights to classrooms in Ghana, treating post-traumatic stress disorder with virtual reality, delivering life-saving medicines to rural hospitals via drone, or designing houses that create more energy than they consume: most of the solutions that change the world come from engineers, and some of the best engineers in the world come from right here.
To encourage traditionally underrepresented students to become involved in research, the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences put out a call to undergraduates last spring: apply for a De Novo Fellowship; get paid for up to 10 weeks of full-time research with a faculty mentor; travel and present your work at an academic conference.
Bioengineering senior Shani Williams doesn’t let much time go to waste. This summer she spent 10 weeks as a faculty member’s paid researcher, developing an ultrathin, wearable microfluidic sensor that measures how the skin reacts in connection with particular movement.