Grand Challenges Recipients

CURRENT Grand Challenges Scholars

Rebecca Barrett, Biomedical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery
Research Mentor:  Ibrahim Ozbolat
Hometown:  Iowa City, IA

Riley Deutsch, Biomedical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Engineer Better Medicines
Research Mentor:  James Ankrum
Hometown:  Johnston, IA

Michael Garneau, Biomedical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Reverse Engineer the Brain
Research Mentor:  Vincent Magnotta
Hometown:  Bettendorf, IA

Sophia Mallaro, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Make Solar Energy Economical
Research Mentor:  H.S. Udaykumar
Hometown:  Cedar Falls, IA

Pavlo Nikolaidis, Mechanical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Reverse Engineer the Brain
Research Mentor:  Thomas Schnell
Hometown:  West Des Moines, IA

Ella Wassweiler, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Secure Cyberspace
Research Mentor:  David Andersen
Hometown:  Mendota Heights, MN

Nathaniel Weger, Mechanical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery
Research Mentor:  Albert Ratner
Hometown:  Cedar Rapids, IA

Kasra Zarei, Biomedical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Engineer Better Medicines
Research Mentor:  Michael Ambramoff
Hometown:  Coralville, IA

Grand Challenges Scholars GRADUATES

Stephen Belmustakov, Biomedical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Reverse Engineer The Brain
Research Mentor:  Mona Garvin
Hometown:  Hinsdale, IL
Graduated:  May 2014

Theresa Benskin, Biomedical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Advance Personalized Learning
Research Mentor:  Dr. Clar Baldus
Hometown:  Cumming, IA
Graduated:  May 2014

Shayma Elsheikh, Biomedical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Provide Access to Clean Water
Research Mentor:  Craig Just
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
Graduated: May 2014

Nicholas Glynn, Chemical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Provide Access to Clean Water
Research Mentor:  Michelle Scherer
Hometown:  Clear Lake, IA
Graduated: May 2014

Allison Kindig, Industrial Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Make Solar Energy Economical
Research Mentor:  H.S. Udaykumar
Hometown:  Cedar Rapids, IA
Graduated: May 2015

Jacob Kirpes, Industrial Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Make Solar Energy Economical
Research Mentor:  Pavlo Krohkmal
Hometown:  West Des Moines, IA
Graduated:  December 2013

Andrew Maurer, Civil Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Manage the Nitrogren Cycle
Research Mentor:  Gene Parkin
Hometown:  West Des Moines, IA
Graduated:  December 2013

Zachary Rasmussen, Biomedical Engineering
Grand Challenge:  Engineer Better Medicines
Research Mentor:  Jose Assouline
Hometown:  Independence, IA
Graduated:  May 2014