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 conduct nonlinear dynamic analyses on 3D models to understand the earthquake damage sustained by homes in Leogane, Haiti. My team is engineering a housing solution that answers the structural, financial, and cultural challenges of creating and maintaining safe 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 (NLP). I explore different means of applying NLP to social science research.”

Julia Dillhoff

Julia Dillhoff

Major: Chemical Engineering
Project:
Engineering Better Medicines

“I use biomolecules to target the delivery of drugs to diseased tissue while minimizing the exposure of the drug to healthy tissue. I also study the process of drug production and distribution in the U.S. to better understand the pain points Americans face when it comes to obtaining the medicines they need.”

Kelsey Farr

Kelsey Farr

Major: Electrical Engineering
Project:
Hybrid and Networked Vehicles

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

Daniel Mikovits

Daniel Mikovits

Major: Electrical Engineering
Project:
Renewable Energy and Energy Harvesting

“I am developing more efficient bypass and blocking diodes for solar cells. I plan to create 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 work 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 to assess how the in-place structural systems hold up against storms and to create data sets that aid 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 (part of Project Ricardo). One of my tasks involves working with local officials to create a sustainability plan for the community that includes the development of a new water treatment system.”