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Innovation: Engineering Leaders

The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science educates leaders in technology and society. Through innovative educational curriculum enhancements for undergraduate and graduate students, the Engineering School encourages students to break through the boundaries of traditional engineering study into the realms of interdisciplinary collaboration to better prepare them for the challenges ahead.

We invite you to join us in our innovation, progress and promise. With your help, the U.Va. Engineering School will continue to pioneer innovation, to stay on the cutting edge of engineering education.

Brooke Yamakoshi ('06, '07)
Brooke Yamakoshi

As a fourth-year in civil engineering, Brooke Yamakoshi was one of seven multidisciplinary students to travel to Tourou, Cameroon, to design and implement a low-cost water filtration system for household use through the School's Engineering in Context capstone program. "Through this program," Yamakoshi says, "the Engineering School challenged us to apply our engineering, critical thinking and applied problem-solving skills to improve quality of life and to think broadly about the role of engineers in our society." Funding for the project, which exceeded $20,000, was provided by Engineering School alumni and friends, the McIntire School of Commerce and others.

Emily Hesaltine ('08)
Emily Hesaltine

As a third-year majoring in systems engineering and economics at U.Va., Emily Hesaltine was one of 13 students to participate in the Engineering School's unique Science and Technology Policy Internship Program during the summer of 2006. Through her internship with the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, D.C., Hesaltine developed ReallyReady.org, an emergency preparedness Web site modeled after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's own preparedness site, Ready.gov. ReallyReady.org addresses inaccurate and incomplete information found on the DHS portal and, Hesaltine says, "offers clearer and less confusing recommendations for emergency preparedness and response."

Luke Scruby ('06)
Luke Scruby

For mechanical engineering undergraduate Luke Scruby, green engineering has been more than an academic interest. In preparation for a recreational trip to Alaska with friends, Scruby decided to outfit his 1976 Mercedes 240D diesel sedan to run on vegetable oil. He replaced the fluids and the alternator brushes, bought some new belts, made sure the spare tire was inflated and beefed up the springs to handle 300 pounds of filtering equipment and oil tanks, which he packed into the trunk. Scruby then put his innovation to the test by driving it the 13,000 miles to Alaska. The trip was a success! In the lab and on their own, U.Va. Engineering students and faculty alike are committed to making our environment cleaner.

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