Nancy Ingabire Abayo '18/'19Nancy Ingabire Abayo '18/'19, civil engineering and geology
Kigali, Rwanda

Grand Challenges of interest: Restore and Improve urban infrastructures. Provide access to clean water. Make solar energy economical.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: Prior to joining Bucknell University, I was equipped with more theoretical skills than practical due to inadequacy of resources. The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a reminder that it is possible to apply what I’ve learned and am learning to the promotion and development of my community. By understanding the existing grand challenges, and working towards solving them, I have a chance of impacting my community, my country and possibly the world. It serves as encouragement for my ultimate career goal of being a part of the development of my home country, Rwanda.

Campus activities: President of Voices of Praise A cappella choir, T.E.A.M Mentor, Engineering Success Alliance (ESA), International Orientation Assistant, The Gathering Christian ministry(Treasurer), BASA Bucknell's Africa Student Association, Disciplemakers Christian Fellowship, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Bucknell Rotaract Club, ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers, NSBE National Society of Black Engineers


Yash Bhutwala '17Yash Bhutwala '17, computer science & engineering
Palmyra, Pa.

Grand Challenge of interest: Advance health informatics.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: I wanted to become a Grand Challenge Scholar because it allows validation for my liberal arts, interdisciplinary, technical as well as global experiences and brings them together under a cohesive global title. Throughout my time here at Bucknell, I have completed all the requirements necessary to become a Grand Challenge Scholar, without any prior knowledge or intention of becoming one. By participating in GCSP, I hope to be part of a like minded community of people that is globally aware, interdisciplinary, and wants to make an impact on the society and learn from them.

Campus activities: Tau Beta Pi Member, ILTM Alumni, Common Ground 2015 Facilitator, TLC Study Group Facilitator, Tech Support Consultant, Students for Asian Awareness at Bucknell


Sami Golaski '18Sami Golaski '18, accounting and financial management
Washington, Pa.

Grand Challenge of interest: Develop carbon sequestration methods.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: Becoming a Grand Challenge Scholar would allow me to address real world problems with skills that I have gained from both the College of Engineering and School of Management. Its a amazing opportunity to work with so many students and faculty from different disciplines; I could definitely see my experiences as a Grand Challenge Scholar being useful in my future career path.

Campus activities: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Affinity House Leader, Club Varsity Cheerleading , Alpha Xi Delta Sorority , Pricewaterhouse Cooper's Accounting Case Challenge, Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management


Dianxing Huang '17Dianxing Huang '17, mechanical engineering and chemistry
Philadelphia, Pa.

Grand Challenges of interest: Engineer better medicines. Make solar energy economical. Prevent nuclear terror.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: I wanted to become a GC Scholar because it would equip me with all kinds of useful skills and knowledge for a better engineer—one that brings impacts to society and benefits for needed people. The program will provide us with opportunities and resources to learn more about the rest of the world outside of the “engineering circle”.

Campus activities: Chemistry student researcher, ME research assistant, lab teaching assistant, grader, design challenge competitions, Tau Beta Pi, Mortar Board, American Chemical Society, Robotics Club, ACM, and CCSA.


Jae Young Lee '19Jae Young Lee '19, chemical engineering
Bundang, South Korea

Grand Challenges of interest: Engineer better medicines. Provide energy from nuclear fusion.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: Bucknell's engineering education helpd me gain real hands on experience and technical skills that enable me to branch out kinds of fields I can get involve in and contribute my ideas and knowledge in coming up with innovative methods to better the society we live in. Bucknell's liberal arts education allows me to have a critical understanding of the society and develop social responsibilities I have as an engineer. Becoming a GC Scholar is my way of connecting the bridge between my technical and liberal arts education. The Grand Challenge Scholar Program exposes me to a community of passionate students who share diverse perspectives and encourage each other to be bold yet compassionate. In addition, The GCSP challenges me to broaden my approaches in solving grand challenges we face today. As a GC Scholar, I am excited to explore grand challenges and immerse myself in opportunities that let me take a step closer to solving those challenges.

Campus activities: First Year Mentor, Catholic Campus Ministry, Undergraduate Researcher, Student Technician at MakerSpace, Committee of Campus Climate and Student Life, ChemE Car, AIChE


Bri Lepore '19Bri Lepore '19, biomedical engineering
Fort Washington, Pa.

Grand Challenges of interest: Reverse-engineering the brain. Engineering better medicines

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: There are so many issues in the world. Its easy to be cynical, but perhaps even easier to be excited. I've always been fascinated with how we can tackle these issues, specifically how the scientific community can turn ideas from the lab bench into sustainable solutions to societal problems. I wanted to become a GC scholar to be able to work alongside and learn from other's who too are passionate about creating concrete changes.

Campus activities: Outing club, Biomedical Engineering Executive board, Diversity Outreach Team


Stephen Leslie, Jr. '18, biomedical engineering
Bowie, Md.

Grand Challenges of interest: Engineer better medicines. Enhance virtual reality. Reverse-engineer the brain.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: The human race is such an incredible species. In such a short amount of time (relative to the age of the earth), we've accomplished and discovered so much about the world around us, but there is still so much more to be done. Being a GC scholar allows me to be a part of a community of individuals that constantly ask what's next? and aren't afraid of doing the work necessary to create and discover even more amazing things about the place that we call home.

Campus activities: NSBE, Two-Past Midnight, Engineering Success Alliance


Caitlin Mahoney '19Caitlin Mahoney '19, computer science & engineering and management
Reading, Mass.

Grand Challenges of interest: Advance health informatics. Advance personalized learning. Secure cyberspace.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: For me, the college experience is all about embracing opportunities available to me, actively engaging in a variety of activities, and making what I hope to be lifelong friendships with like-minded individuals. The Grand Challenge Scholar Program involves research, service-learning, global/cross cultural dimension, and entrepreneurial activity, all of which I am passionate about.

Campus activities: Presidential Fellow, President of Society of Women Engineers, Society and Technology Res. College, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Affinity House Leader, Building on Foundations (BOF) Alumni


Yash Mittal '19Yash Mittal '19, computer science & engineering
Bhiwani, India

Grand Challenges of interest: Advance personalized learning. Reverse-engineer the brain.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: I was interested in GCSP even before I came to Bucknell. A few scholars recommended that I apply for the program. Through this program, I aim to try to research interesting and challenging problems under the supervision of quality professors.

Campus activities: ACM Class Representative, Student Developer at Enterprise Systems, Library & IT Student Advisory Group, Undergraduate Researcher, Students for Asian Awareness at Bucknell


Xiaoying Pu '17Xiaoying Pu '17, computer science and engineering
Shanghai, China

Grand Challenges of interest: Advance health informatics. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: When I learned about GCSP, I was glad that I have fulfilled most of the requirements already. It means that I have been working towards what GCSP is committed to. I wish to become a Grand Challenge Scholar to join this aspiring community that identifies great problems and works towards a sustainable world.

Campus activities: ACM, ACM-Women in Computing


Abdul Mateen Qureshi '19Abdul Mateen Qureshi '19, computer engineering
Lewisburg, Pa.

Grand Challenges of interest: Secure Cyberspace. Reverse-engineer the brain.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: I believe one of the requirements of being an engineer is to be truly cognizant of the challenges that face modern society. Engineering itself is a way to channel creativity and industry into a continuous system of progress. As every engineer, I aspire to make my mark. I saw the GC program as something that would not only train me for my engineering career but increase my appreciation of other fields of engineering.

Campus activities: SASA, Discovery Residential College, International Orientation Assistant


Bradley Sedor '18Bradley Sedor '18, mechanical engineering
Shavertown, Pa.

Grand Challenges of interest: Make solar energy economical. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery. Enhance virtual reality.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: To be a key component of the future engineers who develop solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Campus activities: TEDxBucknellUnivestiy, Chi Phi Fraternity, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, KEEN Design Challenges, Teaching Assistant and Grader, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Affinity House


Jackie Scott '18Jackie Scott '18, electrical engineering
Wellesley, Mass.

Grand Challenges of interest: Make solar more economical. Reverse-engineer the brain.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: I want to get more out of my Bucknell experience. I want to spend time at Bucknell learning how to do something that pays dividends directly to bettering our way of life and benefiting our planet. Even if my career does not ultimately reflect my Grand Challenges of interest, I want to see how I can stretch myself in the name of becoming a better and more well-rounded researcher and problem solver.

Campus activities: Bucknell Cycling Team,The Offbeats, Ballroom Dancing, attending campus events centered around innovation.


Chanda Singoyi '18Chanda Singoyi '18, civil engineering and Economics
Lusaka, Zambia

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

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: I decided to become a Grand Challenge Scholar in order to educate myself on the challenges we as future engineers will have to face. I believe the Grand Challenge Scholars Program equips students with the right mindset and motivates them to take on the challenges. I wish to take a leading role in tackling some of these challenges and contributing to the great good of mankind. The Grand Challenge Scholars Program will help me develop as an engineer as well as a person.

Campus activities: Research Assistant, Chief Editor of the Bison Spectrum, Bucknell Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management (ILTM), KEEN Winter Interdisciplinary Design Experience (KWIDE) and Bucknell African Students Association (BASA).


Sarah Stroup '19, chemical engineering
Wilton, Conn.

Grand Challenges of interest: Provide access to clean water. Reverse-engineer the brain.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: The Grand Challenge Scholar Program promotes an integrated mindset I find invaluable to my growth as an engineer. Through the program, I am able to refine my problem-solving skills through application to complex problems facing society. I hope being a GC scholar will provide me with both a greater appreciation of and a greater capacity to combat the many facets of a problem, the intensive technology and science sides as well as the other cultural and societal factors.

Campus activities: Residential Advisor, Bucknell Brigade, Society and Technology Residential College, and Alpha Phi Omega


Kanishka Suwal '18Kanishka Suwal '18, mechanical engineering
Kathmandu, Nepal

Grand Challenges of interest: Make solar energy economical. Restore and improve urban infrastructure. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: While most of my engineering courses have been excellent in learning technical aspects of engineering, they have lagged in discussing issues that various communities face and in evaluating how our technical knowledge can help solve such issues. To me the Grand Challenge Scholar Program is about bridging this gap and understanding our roles and opportunities as engineers better.

Campus activities: Students for Nepal, Cycling Team, Voices of Praise gospel choir


Jane Szybist '18Jane Szybist '18, electrical engineering
Verona, N.J.

Grand Challenges of interest: Securing cyberspace. Reverse-engineer the brain. Prevent nuclear terror.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: Today more than ever, innovative and motivated minds are working to solve some of society’s most challenging issues. Being a part of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program provides the chance to address some of the most important issues that today’s society now faces, and that we must work to solve in order to improve lives. I wanted to become a Grand Challenge Scholar because I believe there is something truly fulfilling about being able come together as like minded individuals in order to create solution one person alone could not.

Campus activities: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Arts Residential College Alum, Rooke Chapel Ringers, Concert Chorale.


Subarno Turja '19Subarno Turja '19, biomedical engineering
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Grand Challenges of interest: Engineer Better Medicines. Advance Health Informatics

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: By participating in the GC Scholar program, I can not only learn more about how these challenges affect us, but also effectively utilize what I learn to make meaningful contributions and attempt to solve these challenges. Through this program, I hope to show my willingness to step forward and gain the ability to think actively and strive to act in the ‘here and now’. I also think that the Grand Challenge Scholars Program is an interesting and highly rewarding venture, where I can pick up and enhance a diverse skill set. Programs like these exemplify the whole point of university - equal amounts of teamwork and individual effort, co-operation with professors, gathering knowledge and immersing oneself in a new experience.

Campus activities: Junior Fellow for the Discovery Residential College for the academic year of 2017, E-Nable Project, the South Asian Student Organization, International Student Advisory Board


Kurt Vostal '17Kurt Vostal '17, chemical engineering
Manasquan, N.J.

Grand Challenges of interest: Engineer better medicines. Advance health informatics. Reverse-engineer the brain.

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: I wanted to become a Grand Challenge Scholar to further my knowledge in some of the fourteen challenges offered by the program. As a chemical engineer who is interested in a career in pharmaceuticals, I have an interest in the untapped potential there is in medicine. The Grand Challenge Scholar Program will allow me to focus my coursework around medicine and its applications, while simultaneously allowing me to apply my knowledge to real world issues and industry. Having done this before even beginning a career in pharmaceuticals will be an invaluable experience. Engineering better medicines is something that I would definitely like to pursue in the long run, and the GCSP would be an excellent start towards achieving that goal.

Campus activities: SpeakUP Bucknell, American Institute of Chemical Engineering, Undergraduate Research


Sarah Xu '18Sarah Xu '18, computer engineering
Tianjin, China

Grand Challenges of interest: Secure cyberspace. Advance personalized learning

Why I wanted to become a GC Scholar: To me, being an engineer means transforming the knowledge I learned from lectures and books into practical designs and products that can improve someone's quality of living even just a little bit. NAE's Grand Challenges speak to my heart when it recognizes engineering achievements such as computers, automobiles, and The Internet as past challenges and identifies fourteen challenges need to be solved for the future. By being a GC Scholar, I will be able to explore my ability in learning about an interdisciplinary topic and allow myself to meticulously indulge into research for a solution for one of the challenges.

Campus activities: Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Researcher, Makers and Robotics Club, Society and Technology Residential College, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Chinese Culture and Student Association (CCSA).

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