Summer wouldn’t be summer without the tradition of the WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) program, which offers students across engineering disciplines the opportunity to explore the interface between engineering and public policy.
The 2016 WISE representatives of AIChE and chemical engineering are Austin Wright-Pettibone of the University of Washington, whose work centered on “Driving the Future: Governance Challenges for Biotechnology in the Age of Gene Drive”; Mena-George Basaly of City College of New York, who proposed “Power Up: Advancing Automobiles Through Energy Storage”; and Tomas Wesley Green of the University of Kansas, who studied “Embracing Our Bioeconomic Future: Engendering Political and Economic Sustainability for the Energy and Chemical Sector of the Bioeconomy.”
As part of the program, which ran from June 6 to August 5, the students prepared and delivered original research papers on public policy topics based on what they learned as interns.
The WISE interns, along with interns sponsored by other engineering organizations, presented their work on Capitol Hill. The interns’ research is published online in the September 2016 edition of the WISE Journal of Engineering and Public Policy, available at www.wise-intern.org/journal.
The WISE program selects undergraduate engineering students to conduct research on public policy issues during the summer in Washington, DC. The students learn about the interactions between the engineering community and the government in matters of public policy, and see how engineers can contribute to decision-making on complex technological matters.
Look for a future post on ChEnected where the AIChE WISE interns are interviewed about their experience this year.
The deadline for 2017 WISE internship applications is Dec. 31, 2016. For details, visit http://www.wise-intern.org.