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Engineering Students to Present Public Policy Research
Findings on Capitol Hill; Robotics, Solar Energy,
Rural Broadband among Topics

WASHINGTON (4 August 2009) --Three IEEE student members will present their public policy research findings on robotics, solar energy and rural broadband on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

The students, Milad Alemohammad of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Ian Hoffbeck of Eagle River, Alaska; and Stephen McGill of Broomall, Pa., are part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. They are among 13 students who will present their findings in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2103, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

McGill’s presentation, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is entitled, “Government Applications of Robotics: A Treatise on the United States’ Need to Embrace Robotics.” McGill is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in electrical engineering and computer science, and is pursuing a master’s degree in robotics.

Hoffbeck, who graduated from Calvin College in May with a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a concentration in electrical and computer engineering, will discuss “Critical Mass: Guiding Solar to Incentive Independence” at 11 a.m.

Alemohammad, a senior working on a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering at Drexel University, will discuss “Rural Broadband: The Road to 21st Century Economic Growth” at 11:30 a.m.

The WISE program, sponsored by major engineering societies, brings engineering students to Washington, D.C., for nine weeks each summer to conduct research and learn how engineers influence public policy on complex technological issues. Research projects must be on current engineering-related policy issues. The IEEE students are working out of IEEE-USA’s office.  

In addition to IEEE, 2009 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) and ASTM International, with support from the American Association of Engineering Societies.

Dr. Daniel C. Deckler, P.E., a professor of engineering at the University of Akron – Wayne College in Orrville, Ohio, is the 2009 WISE faculty adviser.Deckler is a member of IEEE, ASME and the American Society for Engineering Education.

For more on the WISE program, see

Here's the presentation schedule, including the interns’ colleges, sponsoring societies and topics.

9:30 a.m. -- Daniel Hendrickson (Florida Institute of Technology, SAE): “The Hybrid Space Program: A Commercial Strategy for NASA’s Constellation Program”

10 a.m. -- Caitlin M. Augustin (University of Miami, ASTM International): “An Analysis of the National Renewable Electricity Standard and How it Impacts the Solar Energy Industry”

10:30 a.m. -- Stephen McGill (University of Pennsylvania, IEEE): “Government Applications of Robotics: A Treatise on the United States’ Need to Embrace Robotics”

11 a.m. -- Ian Hoffbeck (Calvin College, IEEE): “Critical Mass: Guiding Solar to Incentive Independence”

11:30 a.m. -- Milad Alemohammad (Drexel University, IEEE): “Rural Broadband: The Road to 21st Century Economic Growth”

1 p.m. -- Charlie Haack (Penn State University, ASHRAE): “Implementing a United States Building Labeling Program for Energy Efficiency”

1:30 p.m. -- Cheyenne Alabanzas (University of Alaska Anchorage, ASME): “The Regulatory Challenges of Carbon Capture and Sequestration”

2 p.m. -- Joe Mullenbach (University of Minnesota, ASME): “Improving Innovation with the Department of Energy”

2:30 p.m. -- John Hanson (Ohio State University, ANS): “Financing New Nuclear: The Government’s Role in the Nuclear Renaissance”

3 p.m. -- Daniel Kreis (Missouri University of Science & Technology, ANS): “Water Scarcity and the Nuclear Power Industry”

3:30 p.m. -- Sarah Widder (University of Washington, AIChE): “Policy Options for Nuclear Waste Management: A Sustainable Solution for Expanded Nuclear Energy”

4 p.m. –- Steven Timothy (Cornell University, AIChE): “Solar Electricity: Residential Photovoltaic Implementation via National Feed in Tariff”

4:30 p.m. -- Jennifer Christensen (Texas A&M University, AIChE): “Biofuels Policy & Regulatory Issues: Applying Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lifecycle Analysis”

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