Young Engineers Leadership Day

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Stephanie Houser ’16, civil engineering

Alumna Stephanie Houser ’16, civil engineering, was chosen by the National Academy of Engineering to be one of two US students to attend the Young Engineers Leadership Day and the Engineering a Better World Conference hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. The conference was held at the beginning of September and brought together industry leaders, researchers and government officials from around the world to focus on engineering for international development.

The Young Engineers Leadership Day invited top engineering students from around the world at the onset of their careers to discuss solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing engineers. The students were divided into teams focusing on energy, water, and smart cities. Stephanie’s group focused most of their efforts on the design of an implementation strategy for a wastewater treatment system in a slum in India. The teams spent the day discussing, brainstorming, designing and ultimately presenting their ideas in front of experts in the field, as well as their peers.

The Engineering a Better World Conference, which immediately followed the Young Engineers Leadership Day, coincided with the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences annual meeting, providing an opportunity to focus the efforts of engineers around the world on international development.

Speakers at the conference addressed topics ranging from diversity in engineering to effective tactics used in development projects to a plethora of innovative ideas in research and reaching industry that could help revolutionize the way foreign aid and international development occur.

Houser was chosen as a result of her involvement in the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program and her interest in sustainability and international development. The program has been at Bucknell for three years and just graduated its first class of scholars, of which Houser was a part. The aims of the program are to help undergraduate students begin thinking about the challenges facing our world at earlier stages in their careers through service-learning, research, entrepreneurship, international experiences and interdisciplinary coursework.

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