Over the summer, two engineering students ventured into the realm of public affairs after AIChE selected them as 2012 WISE (Washington Internships for Science and
Caitlin Andersen, a Presidential Scholar at the Univ. of Iowa, and Denise (Xiaochen) Liu, a recent graduate from the Univ. of Toledo, spent two months in Washington, DC, developing their skills and broadening their perspectives on how engineers impact society and modern life. As part of the program, which ran from June 4 to Aug. 3, the students prepared and delivered papers on public policy topics based on what they learned in their intern roles.
Andersen’s paper, “Precision Agriculture Technologies:Improved Nitrogen Efficiency and Atmospheric Pollution," dealt with strategies to help the agricultural sector mitigate nitrous oxide emissions and create a more sustainable environment for food production.
Liu’s paper, entitled “Improve the U.S. Medical Device Regulatory Pathways: Regulatory and Legislative Policy Levers," discussed te need for improvements in the regulatory process to minimize the delay in patients’ access to lifesaving medical technology. Andersen and Liu, along with WISE interns sponsored by other organizations, including IEEE and ASME, presented their work on Aug. 1 on Capitol Hill.