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Students Present Public Policy Research Findings on Capitol Hill

Two IEEE student members presented their public policy research on high-performance building technologies for K-12 schools and electric transmission sitting at a briefing session on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

The students, Kristie Chin of Katy, Texas, and Levi Lyons of Garden City, Kan., are participating in the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. They are among 11 students who presented their findings in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Meeting Room South from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 30-minute presentations (schedule below) are open to the public.

Chin, a senior at Brown University majoring in civil engineering and architectural studies, presented her policy recommendations on "WISE Schools: Wholly Integrated Systems of Education". She examined how schools could be designed and built to be energy efficient and to raise children's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Lyons, a senior electrical engineering major at the University of Kansas, discussed "Breaking the Deadlock: Expediting Interstate Transmission Siting". He examined how federal and state governments often battle over where to run high-voltage power lines and how new transmission construction has failed to keep pace with electricity demand.

The WISE program brings engineering and computer science students to Washington, D.C., for nine weeks each summer to conduct research and learn how technical professionals can influence public policy on complex technological issues. Projects must be on current engineering-related policy issues. The research papers are published online in the Journal of Engineering and Public Policy.

In addition to IEEE, 2010 WISE sponsoring societies include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and ASTM International, with support from the American Association of Engineering Societies.

The presenters were:
  • Kristie Chin (Brown University, IEEE): "WISE Schools: Wholly Integrated Systems of Education"
  • Levi Lyons (University of Kansas, IEEE): "Breaking the Deadlock: Expediting Interstate Transmission Siting"
  • Hattie Larson (Florida State University, ASTM International): "Responding to Oil Spill Disasters and the Regulations that Govern Their Response"
  • Christina Wong (UCLA, AIChE): "Patent Reform in the Patent and Trademark Office: Deferred Examination"
  • Samuel Markolf (University of Texas, AIChE): "Treasure from Trash: Methods for Handling Organic Municipal Solid Waste More Sustainably"
  • John Hennessy (Bucknell University, AIChE): "Transitioning Away From the Egg-Based Flu Vaccine"
  • Nathan Lee (University of Pennsylvania, ANS): "Sustainability of U.S. Nuclear Energy: Waste Management and the Question of Reprocessing"
  • Philip Coyne (University of Michigan, ANS): "Addressing How Light Water Modular Reactors Should be Licensed"
  • Phi Nguyen (Texas Christian University, ASME): "Regulatory Options and Challenges in Hydraulic Fracturing"
  • Ramsey Brown (California Maritime Academy, ASHRAE): "Challenges and Potential Solutions in Achieving Net-Zero Commercial Buildings through Current Building Codes and Standards Processes"
  • Justin Sinaguinan (University of Virginia, SAE International): "Setting the Standard for Measuring Electric Vehicle Range and Automotive Efficiency Across the Industry"

Read More about the WISE program.