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HERE Member is Finalist in International Sustainability Essay Contest

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman mechanical engineering student Katelyn Stenger is among two U.S. finalists in an international collegiate essay contest examining how earth observation can help build a more sustainable world.

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International Essay Contest Finalist: Katelyn Stenger's essay on "Citizenship and Environmentalism" is a finalist in an international collegiate essay contest examining sustainable issues. She is a freshman mechanical engineering major and a member of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's HERE program.

Stenger is a member of Rose-Hulman's first-year HERE program (Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering), which is an interdisciplinary, student-focused and sustainability-centered first-year living-learning experience. The program helps students develop communication, awareness and design skills that will enable personal and professional contributions to global sustainability.

The essay, titled "Citizenship and Environmentalism," was written for a freshman-level composition course. It is currently featured on the IEEE's Earthzine website. The more people that "like" Stenger's essay on Earthzine's Facebook page, the greater chance she has of winning the contest. Reviews are being accepted through February 29, and winners will be announced on March 20.

"The fact that Katelyn's essay has been selected from among entries submitted throughout the U.S. is a nice accomplishment," stated HERE Faculty Mentor Corey Taylor, who taught the fall quarter composition course. "By being accepted to compete, she has brought recognition to the HERE program and the entire college."

Earthzine sought students to submit original essays that describe, reflect upon or envision roles for Earth observation in improving sustainability around the globe. Earth observation includes technological solutions such as satellite observation, navigation and positioning systems; in situ observations, international web-based collaboration and data sharing initiatives; and social perspectives that address sustainability through a better understanding of our planet. From local to global benefits, IEEE was interested in essays that addressed the potential of Earth observation to meet the environmental challenges we face.

HERE offers a select group of first-year students a unique educational experience that makes sustainability a foundation of engineering education, and increasing students' awareness of environmental issues and skills in sustainable design.

"I'm interested in having a higher impact in the world around me," says Stenger, from Burlington, Ky. "HERE has been a great experience. You are learning alongside your peers about important issues about sustainability that are in the news every day.

"Being in the cohort of your peers gives you a comfort zone to openly discuss a variety of issues in classroom situations. You're exchanging ideas with your friends and students with similar interests," she said.

IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.