AbbiaticiRay Abbiatici, 2017 Civil Engineering

Hometown: Far Hills, NJ

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Renewing and Restoring Urban Infrastructure In the Grand Challenges foundation seminar I conducted extensive research in the field of Big Data analytics as it pertains to the improvement of urban areas.

Campus Activities: Club Lacrosse, SoTech Residential College

Email: rja016@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar:
I wanted to join the GC Scholar program so that I could work closely with other motivated individuals to begin solving the world's greatest challenges. The program provides the opportunity to work with both faculty and students to improve the quality of life with the concepts of engineering.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Mike Toole, Felipe Perrone, Michael Johnson-Cramer


BartekNicholas Bartek, 2017 Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Wallingford, CT

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Making solar panels energy economical, providing energy from fusion, providing access to clean water, preventing nuclear terror, developing carbon sequestration methods, and managing the nitrogen cycle

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
Undergraduate research regarding anaerobic digestors, various nuclear energy papers/projects

Campus Activities:
Residential Adviser, Research Assistant, Tutor at the TLC, Journalist for Campus Vinyl, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

Email: nwb004@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
When presented with the opportunity to become a GC Scholar, I thought it was an excellent outlet to equip myself with additional tools to preface my eventual progression into a inclusive, well-rounded environmental engineer. Although a plethora of engineering concepts encompass heavy math and science, a deep understanding of humanities, society, and economics proves to be vital when accurately addressing sustainability. Overall, I saw being a GC Scholar as a way of gaining additional knowledge to the pillars of sustainability listed above. Moreover, being a GC Scholar would provide me with further resources to actively get involved in the world of engineering and hopefully make a difference in society. With the support from like minded students and faculty alike, the possibility of actively engaging with the various 'grand challenges' seems feasible even at the undergraduate level.
GCSP Faculty Mentors: Nate Siegel, Jessica Newlin, Jan Knoedler


BreakstoneAlex Breakstone, 2017 Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Making solar energy economical, Restoring and improving infrastructure.

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
I enjoyed Professor Toole's Grand Challenges foundation seminar, and I also built a mobile PV solar unit last semester.

Campus Activities:
I am a member of the University Cycling Team, a Buckwild Leader, and one of the leaders for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation affinity house.

Email: agb014@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
I enjoy problem solving, and being an Grand Challenge Scholar will help me focus in on the challenges that have the most demand for viable solutions.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Nate Siegel, Peter Jansson, Michael Johnson-Cramer


DudtDaniel Dudt, 2017 Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Malvern, PA

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Provide Energy from Nuclear Fusion

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
Grand Challenges foundation seminar and research paper ENGR 290 trip to study renewable energy in New Zealand

Campus Activities:
Teaching and Learning Center tutor, Orientation Assistant, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Bucknell Student Government, InterVarsity, Rage Crew, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Email: dwd012@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
The Grand Challenge Scholar Program offers a unique multidisciplinary approach to solving problems. In addition to the technical aspects of any engineering challenge, this program encourages me to analyze all aspects of sustainability--including the environmental, economic, and social impacts. I believe these grand challenges need to be addressed by my generation, and I want to help find the solutions.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Nate Siegel, Donna Ebenstein, Jan Knoedler


Foss-SkitfesvikMarianne Foss-Skiftesvik, 2017 Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Westport, CT

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Engineer better medicine Provide access to clean water.

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
The Island School - The Island School’s 100 day semester offers students a “challenging immersions into place-based learning, real-world research and problem solving, sustainable living practices, intentional community building, and a sense of what is possible (http://www.islandschool.org/programs/semester/).

Campus Activities:
AIChE, Residential College - Social Justice, Mock Trial, SWE

Email: mcfs001@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
Being a GC scholar is an opportunity to make me a better engineer by allowing me to go above and beyond my curriculum, participate in research with experienced professors, be a part of a team that helps other people during the service-learning opportunities, and learn how to use my knowledge to become an entrepreneur. Being a GC scholar will also allow me to bond with several other students who have similar interests as well as the drive to stick to the goals of the program.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Brandon Vogel, Jessica Newlin, Mike Toole


HouserStephanie Houser, 2016 Civil Engineering and International Relations

Hometown: Orchard Park, NY

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Provide access to clean water. Make solar energy affordable.

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
Following my junior year in high school, I went on an 18 day service trip to Cambodia where I got to work firsthand with the local population in the country. I even got to spend a day with an organization known as Pico Sol that provides solar power systems to people in rural communities that don't have access to the electric infrastructure. I've also participated in research on green roof runoff contamination with Professor Gilmore. I chaired the Water II Committee at the Naval Academy's Science and Engineering Conference (2012). I also went on the Bucknell Brigade to Nicaragua which was an influential experience that further cemented my confidence in my decisions regarding my future.

Campus Activities:
Presidential Fellow, Junior Fellow for Social Justice Res College, Executive Chair for ACE, Vice President of Activities for C.A.L.V.I.N.&H.O.B.B.E.S., The Bucknell Brigade, ASCE, SWE, Chi Omega, Fraternity, Presidential Fellows Steering Committee, ILTM Alumni, Association

Email: sah049@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
Since the age of twelve, I knew that I wanted to be an engineer that worked in international service, building infrastructure in developing nations. Therefore, when I began learning about the Grand Challenges, I become increasingly interested because many of the Grand Challenges directly relate to what I see myself doing with the rest of my life. I find myself passionate about helping others and solving these major world problems, and the opportunity to do so even earlier in my career in undergrad seemed extremely appealing.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Jessica Newlin, Peter Jansson, Jan Knoedler


KarakisVictoria Karakis, 2017 Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Engineering better medicines.

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
I have already participated in research related to my GC of interest. My work with Professor Ryan C. Snyder utilizes polymers to induce amorphous formation of an active pharmaceutical ingredient because the amorphous state is better soluble in the body and would therefore make a better pharmaceutical. Pharmaceutical science interests me and is definitely the filed I want to explore after I graduate from Bucknell. Ever since I was a young girl, I had said that I would be the one to cure cancer. I will always strive to help those who are ill, and one of the many ways of doing this is through the GC Scholars Program.

Campus Activities:
I currently participate in Bucknell Student Government (BSG); I'm a member of the Society and Technology Residential College; I participate in research and am an Engineering Tour Guide and Engineering Camp Counselor; Finally, I participated in the Building on Foundations (BOF) pre-orientation program.

Email: vmk005@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
I wanted to become a GC Scholar because I've always wanted to help others in whatever I choose to pursue and I knew this program would give me the opportunity to do so.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Brandon Vogel, Donna Ebenstein, Nick Marko


MilliganMadeline Milligan, 2017 Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Hillsborough, CA

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Advance health informatics; Engineer better medicines; Advance personalized learning

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
Research on biofuels policy in the US and abroad Manufacturing internship at Sutro Biopharma, Inc. in California.

Campus Activities:
Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society & Technology Residential College--Residential Fellow

Email: mpm020@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
I liked that GC Scholars Program is geared towards solving real-world problems. After spending 3+ years learning how to tackle problems like the Grand Challenges, I think students will be much better prepared to take on further challenges that we will face in our careers. Hopefully, we can even make a difference in the world.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Felipe Perrone, Brandon Vogel, Nick Marko


MinnichKeian Minnich, 2017 Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Wyomissing, PA

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Making solar energy economical. Developing carbon sequestration methods. Restoring and improving urban infrastructure.

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
As minute as it is, I always enjoyed observing the increasing addition of solar panels to everyday life. It is a positive note that as grand as these challenges may be, many acknowledge them and are involved with them.

Campus Activities:
AIChE Student Member, Alpha Lambda Delta member, Bucknell-Fabrication pilot group member

Email: ksm020@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
Renewable energy has always intrigued me, but I never quite knew how to become directly involved in the field. I saw the Grand Challenge Scholar Program as a way to do this, as a network of current and upcoming professionals on these vital matters.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Peter Jansson, Mike Toole, Michael Johnson-Cramer


MorseWilliam Morse, 2017 Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Vero Beach, FL

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Reverse-engineering the Brain, Engineering Better Medicines, Advanced Health Informatics

Campus Activities:
Art Merit Scholarship recipient, Symphonic Band, Society and Technology Residential College

Email: wcm014@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
The problems presented to Grand Challenge Scholars are some of the most important problems our generation and the generations after us will have to face. These problems require interdisciplinary points of view and value using multidimensional knowledge. In each class we learn unique skills. The excitement of putting together these skills to solve all aspects of a complex problem is what made me want to become a Grand Challenge Scholar.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Peter Jansson, Mike Toole, Michael Johnson-Cramer


MuccioDan Muccio, 2016 Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Erie, PA

Grand Challenge(s) of Interest:
Provide access to clean water, restore and improve urban infrastructure, advance personalized learning

Special Experiences Related to Grand Challenge Interest(s):
For all four years of high school, I volunteered as a camp counselor for youth nature camps. I have studied abroad within New Zealand to study sustainability, renewable energy, and indigenous cultures. I have experienced the entrepreneurial program K-WIDE. I did a project on Anaerobic digestion and how it could utilize the University's food waste. I worked with children at the USA Science and Engineering Festival to teach them about the engineering design process. I was a Junior Fellow for the Society and Technology Residential College, which involved planning events, educating students and mentoring students.

Campus Activities:
Residential Adviser, Academic Ambassador, National Residence Hall Honorary member, Renewable Energy Scholar, Robotics Club, Club Ultimate Frisbee Club, Ice Hockey

Email: drm030@bucknell.edu

Why did you want to become a GC Scholar?
I wanted to become a GC Scholar because it offered me a way to address significant issues within our country. While the core focus of the program involves engineering new solutions to solve large problems, I believe being a scholar will help me gain a new perspective on helping individuals. The program offers a new approach to engineering that focuses on entrepreneurial endeavors as well as humanitarianism. I greatly enjoy my curriculum and helping others, which are strong focal points of being a GC Scholar.
GCSP Faculty Mentors: Jessica Newlin, Mike Toole, Jan Knoedler


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