Engineering Student Attends National Grand Challenges of Engineering Conference

 UI News Services

Elizabeth Risius of Normal, Ill., a junior electrical engineering major in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, recently attended the Grand Challenge Scholars Program National Workshop as the UI student representative July 20-21 on the campus of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Austin, Texas.

Nominated by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, she was accompanied to the workshop by Keri Hornbuckle, professor and associate dean for academic programs, and Kelli Delfosse, coordinator of engineering honors programs.

Sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the workshop focused on engineering skills and leadership by providing opportunities for students to brainstorm solutions to engineering challenges among themselves and meet industry leaders.

The UI College of Engineering is a participant in the NAE-approved Grand Challenges Scholars program that allows recipients to choose their own academic focus from among 14 world-class challenges and study under the direction of a faculty mentor. Learn more at: http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/grandchallenges/index.php.