Interview: Catching Up with the 2015 WISE Interns

Every year AIChE sends three students to Washington to research public policy issues and contribute to discussions on how engineers impact society. 2015's Washington Internships for Students in Engineering, or WISE, went to Kathleen Wu (Yale Univ.), Jill Schoborg (Iowa State Univ.), and Jami Summey-Rice (Univ. of Houston).

As part of a three-year tradition, the interns present their findings at the AIChE Annual Meeting — this year in Salt Lake City — and then sit down with Rosemarie Wesson, who leads AIChE's WISE efforts and is the Associate Dean for Research in the Grove School of Engineering at City College of New York.

  • Wu discussed her work in a paper entitled “Bridging the Financial Gap for Carbon Capture and Storage.”
  • Schoborg studied genetically modified organisms, documented in her paper “To Label or Not Label: Addressing America’s Genetically Modified Organism Policy.”
  • Summey-Rice examined the economics and sustainability benefits of high-speed rail transit in “Get on Board: High-Speed Rail Policy to Incentivize Growth and Technologies.” 

The interns’ research is published online in the Sept. 2015 edition of the WISE Journal of Engineering and Public Policy, available at www.wise-intern.org/journal.

You can also watch interviews of the 2014 interns and 2013 interns.

For more information about the AIChE WISE Award, visit http://www.aiche.org/WISEAward. The deadline for 2016 WISE internship applications is Dec. 31, 2015. For details, visit http://www.wise-intern.org.