Meet the ND ’21 Grand Challenges Scholars

Meet the Spring 2021 graduating class of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

Marie Bond

Marie Bond

Major: Civil Engineering
Project:
Restoring and Improving Urban Infrastructure

“As a member of Engineering2Empower’s Technical Team, I am conducting nonlinear dynamic analysis on 3D models in order to understand the earthquake damage sustained by homes in Leogane, Haiti. Our team hopes to engineer a housing solution that answers the structural, financial, and cultural challenges to building and maintaining urban infrastructure in developing areas.”

Timothy Burley

Timothy Burley

Major: Computer Science
Project:
Reverse Engineering the Brain for Personalized Learning

“One of the most effective ways to address the challenge of making education more personal for students is through practical applications of National Language Processing. I am exploring different means of applying NLP to social science research.”

Julia Dillhoff

Julia Dillhoff

Major: Chemical Engineering
Project:
Engineering Better Medicines

“I’m working on targeted drug delivery through the use of biomolecules in order to maximize the delivery of drugs to diseased tissue while minimizing the exposure of the drug to healthy tissue. I’m also studying the process of drug production and distribution and the U.S. to better understand the pain points Americans face when it comes to obtaining the medicine they need.”

Kelsey Farr

Kelsey Farr

Major: Electrical Engineering
Project:
Hybrid and Networked Vehicles

“I am working to optimize fuel economy of hybrid and networked vehicles as it relates to energy and sustainability. My research focuses on vehicles with a known-route implementation.”

Katherine La Costa

Katherine La Costa

Major: Chemical Engineering
Project:
Targeted Drug Delivery

“I am exploring new routes toward more specific targeted drug delivery using supramolecular chemistry, especially in the form of a peptide-based molecule able to transition between micelle-forming molecules and nanostructures.”

Daniel Mikovits

Daniel Mikovits

Major: Electrical Engineering
Project:
Renewable Energy and Energy Harvesting

“I am working on researching and developing more efficient bypass and blocking diodes for solar cells. I plan to develop a series of educational modules describing the processes and benefits of renewable energy and energy harvesting.”

Lillian Rodriguez

Lillian Rodriguez

Major: Civil Engineering
Project:
Restoring and Improving Urban Infrastructure

“I am working with the Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance Network (StEER), which travels and collects data from sites where tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes occur around the world for the purposes of assessing how the in-place structural systems hold up against storms and of creating data sets that will allow for future research.”

Nicolas Saladino

Nicolas Saladino

Major: Civil Engineering
Project:
Sustainability of Clean Water Access

“I work with a research team committed to providing equitable access to clean drinking water to a small town in Colombia as part of Project Ricardo. I will continue with this initiative and work with local officials to create a sustainability plan for the community as they develop a new water treatment system.”