DhakalRahul R. Dhakal '16, civil engineering
Kathmandu, Nepal
rrd016@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Provide access to clean water. Restore and improve urban infrastructure. Provide energy from fusion.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I believe that engineering today demands a lot more than just math and natural sciences applied practically. It is indispensable today to know how these “practical applications” affect the real world, to be aware of the pressing global issues and to solve these issues on technical,social, humanitarian and environmental levels. I think GCSP is a perfect embodiment of this spirit, which is why I wanted to become a GC scholar. I believe it will give me the best of my engineering degree and an opportunity to work with motivated colleagues and faculty on the most challenging global issues.

Campus activities: Research Assistant, Study group Leader at Teaching & Learning Center and South Asian Students Association (SASA).

GCSP faculty mentors: Jessica Newlin, Jan Knoedler, Janice Butler


HaberleStephen Haberle '18, computer engineering
Nazareth, Pa.
sth007@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Securing cyberspace. Enhance virtual reality.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
The Grand Challenges seminar class and a scholarly essay on the topic of network security in higher education.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I wanted to be a Grand Challenge Scholar because I wish to further educate myself on the Grand Challenges my generation and the generations to come will need to overcome. I also wish to contribute to the efforts of solving these Grand Challenges during my time in the program and continue to do so after my undergraduate education.

Campus activities: Engineering Success Alliance, Junior Fellow for the Society and Technology Residential College, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Association for Computing Machinery

GCSP faculty mentors: Felipe Perrone, Alan Marchiori, Jan Knoedler


HaileKellen Haile '18, mechanical engineering
Frederick, Md.
kvh004@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Engineer the tools of scientific discovery. Reverse-engineer the brain. Enhance Virtual Reality.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I wrote a scholarly research paper on Reverse-Engineering the Brain, in addition to completing the Grand Challenges seminar.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
The Grand Challenge Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to increase in knowledge while taking an active role in addressing a wide array of world problems facing humanity. I wish to be a Grand Challenge scholar in order to play a role in the worldwide mission of working toward a solution to a few of these Grand Challenges. Being a Grand Challenge scholar would allow me to be part of a rigorous and extensive program that would benefit me both personally and professionally.

Campus activities: National Society of Black Engineers Secretary, Engineering Success Alliance, STEM Scholars Program, Undergraduate Researcher, Mobile Autonomous Robotics Club, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship

GCSP faculty mentors: Michael Johnson Cramer, Donna Ebenstein, Mike Toole


HuangDuoyang Huang '18, electrical engineering
Wuxi, China
dh043@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenge of interest:
Reverse-engineer the brain.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interest:
I was the leader of the Artificial Intelligence Club in my high school. The experiences of working in the laboratory, working on my own projects, and participating in robot competitions have cultivated my interest in engineering, especially in the area of artificial intelligence.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I believe these grand challenges will become major goals and tasks for future engineers of my generation. I was so excited to think about the idea that I would start, in my first year of college, a great project that could have impact on the whole world. By becoming a Grand Challenge Scholar, I will better equip myself to make the world a better place.

Campus activities: Presidential Fellow and Society and Technology Residential College

GCSP Faculty Mentors:Nick Marko, Brian King, Mike Toole


JiangShiqi Jiang '18 chemical engineering
Harbin, China
sj014@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Engineer the tools of scientific discovery. Develop carbon sequestration methods. Make solar energy economical. Advance personalized learning. Provide energy from fusion.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
The first semester, I chose three comprehensive engineering seminars to develop my abilities, and one of them was called power of the sun. This fits the challenge “make solar energy economical” perfectly. I enjoyed learning how to apply what I have learned to solve a practical problem. More importantly, I am really interested in the technology in harvesting solar energy and facing world problems.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
After all, engineering is a method to solve world problems with practical knowledge. From my perspective, it is every engineer’s responsibility to contribute to these grand challenges. All these challenges are important for the development of society and welfare of human beings. Therefore, being a member of GCSP is such an honor for an engineering student. Although each topic is hard to solve and contains gigantic amounts of information, I still feel motived by my heart to explore those territories. I am crazy about learning new things, and I consider this program to be a perfect chance for me to step further in academic areas.

Campus activities: BSG Academic Representative, Dinning Committee, ACE and CCSA ClubDiversity Outreach Team, AlChE Student Member

GCSP Faculty Mentors:Brandon Vogel, Mike Toole, Jim Van Fleet


LeChau Le '16, chemical engineering
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
cbl007@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Provide access to clean water. Manage the nitrogen cycle. Restore and improve urban infrastructure. Advance personalized learning. Engineer better medicines.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
Undergraduate research on biodegradable plastic called polylactic acid; K-WIDE.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I believe engineering is the discipline that can find solutions for many of world’s pressing issues. Becoming a GC Scholar would enrich my international education journey through collaboration with like minded associates and educators. With what I will be learning from the GCSP, I hope to use my knowledge working towards a more sustainable world.

Campus activities: AIChE, Society of Women Engineers, Bucknell Community College Scholar Program recipient, K-WIDE and SAAB

GCSP Faculty Mentors:Jessica Newlin, Jan Knoedler, Janice Butler


MeranteItalo Merante '18, civil engineering
McMurray
igm002@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Restore and improve urban infrastructure. Provide access to clean water.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I had the chance to begin research in my Grand Challenges class and have worked construction the last three summers where I have been made of aware of many aspects that could be improved when creating infrastructure.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I had taken the class the Grand Challenges and liked how it challenged me as well how I got to conduct research on a topic that I enjoy.

Campus activities: Bucknell Rugby Club, Society and Technology Residential College, Students for Sustainable Development, ASCE and Bucknell fly fishing club.

GCSP Faculty Mentors:Mike Toole, Jessica Newlin, Jim VanFleet


NocoloisPeter Lucas Nicolois '18, computer science & engineering and mathematics
Yardley, Pa.
pln005@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Make solar energy economical. Provide energy from fusion. Advance personalized learning. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery. Advance Health Informatics.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I have investigated and am interested in bioinformatics, a field integral to both advancing health informatics and the tools of scientific discovery.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
The Grand Challenges piqued my scholarly interest. I feel being a Grand Challenge Scholar gives me an amazing opportunity to explore my interests and increase understanding of how to solve these problems.

Campus activities: Residential and Housing Association Hall Representative, Department of Theater and Dance Technical Assistant, GSA and ACM.

GCSP Faculty Mentors:Felipe Perrone, Alan Marchiori, Donna Ebenstein


O'brienJohn O'Brien '18, mechanical engineering
Arlington, Mass.
jeo008@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Making Solar Energy Economical. Engineer Better Medicines. Reverse Engineer the Brain. Secure Cyberspace.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I was a part of the first year seminar, The Grand Challenges course.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
The opportunities provided by the Grand Challenge Scholar Program are amazing. You get to work closely with professors and perform research to better prepare you to take on the challenges.

Campus activities: MARC Robotics, Bucknell Outdoor Education and Leadership

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Nick Marko, Mike Toole, Jennifer Stevenson


RodgersClaire Rodgers '16, mechanical engineering
Bethel, Conn.
cjr027@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenge of interest:
Make solar energy economical.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I had the chance to work with the Campus Energy Manager, Steve Durfee, to make campus more sustainable. The experience inspired me to become a LEED Green Associate so that I could gain more insight into how buildings can be 'green'. I also participated in ENGR 290 to Costa Rica where the focus was renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar, and biomass.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I wanted to become a Grand Challenge Scholar because the cornerstone of the program is sustainability and that has been my focus as a mechanical engineer. Additionally, I wanted to have the opportunity to work with other students who are just as passionate as I am about making the future a better place.

Campus activities: Renewable Energy Scholars, Students for Sustainable Development, and horseback riding

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


ScrimaAnthony D. Scrima '18, mechanical engineering
Somerville, Mass.
ads030@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Make solar energy economical. Develop carbon sequestration methods. Provide access to clean water

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
Took the semester course, The Grand Challenges and wrote an extensive research paper about central receiver towers and solar energy.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I want to become a Grand Challenge scholar because it will give me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge, through research and mentoring from faculty, of the grand challenges that I am so interested in. In the program, there is a focus on the engineering details behind the fourteen grand challenges but it is not limited to that. The mentors encourage and guide scholars to broaden their education outside of the engineering curriculum, which is an important quality I want to incorporate into my college education and experience.

Campus activities: Club Ultimate Frisbee and Engineering Success Alliance.

GCSP Faculty Mentors:Nate Siegel, Peter Jansson, Mike Toole


SerfassChris Serfass '17, chemical engineering
Athens, Pa.
cms049@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Make solar energy economical. Develop carbon sequestration methods. Provide access to clean water.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I have worked on a research project involving the storage of energy by means of a solar thermochemical reactor. I have also researched the effects that waste pharmaceuticals have on the Susquehanna watershed.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I have always known that I wanted to spend my life working to solve the greatest problems modern society faces. When I first heard about the Grand Challenges Scholars Program it seemed like it was too good to be true. I knew immediately that it was something I wanted to do.

Campus activities: BuckWild Trip Leader, Research Assistant, AIChE Student Member, Outing Club

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Nate Siegel, Peter Jansson, Brandon Vogel


ShadekChristopher Ford Shadek '17 and '20, 5-Year Dual Degree - computer science (BS) and engineering & management
Kenilworth, Il.
cfs013@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenge of interest:
Reverse-engineer the brain.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
In the Grand Challenges Foundation seminar, I researched the potentials of reverse engineering the brain.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I have had a lifelong fascination with “big ideas,” so much so that I want to devote my career and life to these important things, and to making a difference to the world. My desire is to use advanced technologies (e.g., computer science and engineering) to further major initiatives and causes in life over the coming decades.

Specifically, I have a great interest in the Grand Challenges, and a strong desire to use my leadership skills and collaboration experiences to facilitate the advancement of these Grand Challenges. From the first time I heard Professor Toole talk about the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, I knew that I really wanted to be a part of it.

Campus activities: Class Senator: Bucknell Student Government, Finance Committee, Society and Technology Residential College, Entrepreneurship and Innovation House.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Donna Ebenstein, Nick Marko, Jennifer Stevenson


SharmaAnushikha Sharma '18, computer science & engineering
India
as063@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Secure cyberspace. Enhance virtual reality. Advance personalized learning. Provide energy from fusion.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I am a Computer Science and Engineering major and I want to explore software technology and its impact on society. Therefore, for the Grand Challenges seminar my term project was on Hacktivism and Cybersecurity. I interviewed Professor Perrone and Professor Santanen for their valuable insights on the topic. During the duration of writing this paper, I discovered that information security was a major issue in today’s world. With a society so heavily dependent on technology for survival and progress, cybercrime can cause huge losses.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I want to be a GC scholar because I am confident that the program will allow me to channel my interests and skills as an engineering major to become a problem solver, a boundary pusher, a thinker and a world changer.

GC scholars will learn to view the Grand Challenges from the perspective of both engineering as well as non-engineering disciplines. The program provides a wide variety of opportunities to enable me to pursue my interests in service and entrepreneurship. The summer course for the GC program 2015 - "Entrepreneurship and Renewable Energy in Iceland" - is an exciting and challenging prospect that will give me incredible exposure. The program will allow me the opportunity to work with other like-minded, driven individuals and also under the guidance of a team of reputed Bucknell professors who can help me explore possibilities that pertain to my interests.

The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is an exciting platform that calls for driven curiosity, a vision, passionate involvement and the enthusiasm to learn and use the knowledge to tackle some of the biggest problems that the world faces.

Campus activities: Fremont scholar at Bucknell, Elected Representative on BSG Diversity Committee, ACM and ACM-W, Diversity Outreach Team, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Students for Asian Awareness at Bucknell, Students for Free Tibet and a Common Ground 2015 facilitator

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Felipe Perrone, Jim VanFleet, Mike Toole


ShiKaixiang Shi '20, mechanical engineering
Guangzhou, China
ks058@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Enhance virtual reality. Reverse-engineer the brain. Make solar energy economical. Develop carbon sequestration methods.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
First-year course "The Grand Challenge": I did some literature research and wrote a 20-page paper on one of the grand challenges - "The application of virtual reality in manufacturing".

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
“The Grand Challenge” foundation seminar was one of the best experiences I had in my first semester at Bucknell. It is not only about getting to know a lot of interesting friends and outstanding professors, but also giving me a complete new understanding about engineering. This wonderful experience makes me want to be a Grand Challenge Scholar. I am really looking forward to contributing to solving the challenges as well as meeting a lot of friends with similar interests.

My life in Bucknell starts from “the Grand Challenge”. I want to keep my passion for grand challenges by being a Grand Challenge Scholar. I am confident that it will make all my four years in Bucknell a colorful and meaningful adventure.

Campus activities: Student Helping Animals, Robotics Club, Tennis Club, Bucknell Brigade and Intramural Games Student referee.

GCSP Faculty Mentors:Felipe Perrone, Nate Siegel, Michael Johnson Cramer


WarfelKatie Warfel '17, chemical engineering
Lancaster, Pa.
kfw003@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenge of interest:
Engineer Better Medicines

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I am participating in research with Professor Ryan Snyder in the area of amorphous particle formation. The structure and solubility of these particles affect their bioavailability and their usefulness as pharmaceuticals. This type of pharmaceutical engineering is directly related to the grand challenge of engineering better medicines.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
The fourteen Grand Challenges represent the most important areas for innovation in our generation. Given the chance to work with other highly motivated students and form a plan for my future studies based on these needs will be an extremely rewarding experience. Being a Grand Challenge Scholar allows me to follow a more focused path and explore unique opportunities in relation to a specific challenge. With its five components, the Grand Challenge Scholars Program ensures that its participants become well-rounded global citizens and engineers. I am excited to incorporate all of my interests and passions in a guided manner so that I will be prepared to make meaningful contributions to society.

Campus activities: Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Teaching and Learning Center Study Group Facilitator, Society of Women Engineers, Environmental Residential College, Engineering Tour Guide

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Brandon Vogel, Ryan Snyder, Donna Ebenstein


YangTongyu Yang '18, computer science & engineering
Beijing, China
ty006@bucknell.edu

Grand Challenges of interest:
Secure cyberspace. Enhance virtual reality.

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
I took the Grand Challenges foundation seminar. I conducted research about individual cybersecurity.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
I could learn and achieve more if I become a Grand Challenge Scholar. Engineers are made for solving real world problem and need hands-on projects and experiences. The five requirements of the Grand Challenge Scholar Program will provide me with incredibly valuable opportunities. Broadening courses, research, service-learning, study abroad and entrepreneurial activities will make my four-year college life unique and meaningful.

Campus activities: Technology Consultant at Digital Scholarship Center, ACM (The Association of Computing Machinery) and LAUNCH

GCSP Faculty Mentors:Felipe Perrone, Alan Marchiori, Jim VanFleet


ZhangKeyi Zhang '17, computer science & engineering
China
hi@keyizhang.com

Grand Challenges of interest:
Restore and improve urban infrastructure. Secure cyberspace. Enhance virtual reality;

Special experiences related to Grand Challenge interests:
Summer research on distributed database on low-powered nodes and independent study on semantic sensor web (paper published on IEEE percom WIP).

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar:
GC gives me opportunities to solve real world problems. It also makes me a better computer scientist and engineer.

Campus activities: ACM and IEEE member, Tech Desk consultant.

GCSP Faculty Mentors: Felipe Perrone, Jan Knoedler, Mike Toole


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