Humanitarian Engineering Student Selected for Inaugural Station1 Fellowship

May 31, 2018
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WACO, Texas (June 27, 2018) – Alina Gavrilov, sophomore engineering student with a concentration in humanitarian engineering in Baylor University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected for an inaugural summer fellowship with Station1, a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing frontier, socially directed, science and technology-focused research and internships to more students nationwide.

Gavrilov will take part in the Summer@Station1 program based in Boston, Massachusetts, beginning in June. The fellowship will incorporate team-based research and development projects in science and technology that apply to social impact.

“Station 1 focuses deeply on research and hands-on experience because they are promoting an interdisciplinary education,” Gavrilov said. “Being a student in the BIC, the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, has helped me see the value of approaching education in this way, and it gave me the opportunity to find a direction for my own education at Baylor that focuses on the intersection of humanitarian work and engineering.”

Humanitarian engineering is a mission-minded concentration that blends a technical education in engineering with a desire to serve others.

Gavrilov will work on a research project with partners Harvard University, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Kennedy School of Government and the Data-Smart City Solutions Initiative. The groups will focus on the adoption of data projects at the local government level, including predictive analytics and civic engagement technology.

“Using technology, our generation’s STEM students have a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the crime and shootings happening all around us,” Gavrilov said. “I’m just grateful to experience a small part of the road to a solution to make our cities safer.”

Humanitarian engineering prepares graduates to serve in a variety of international relief, development and missions organizations in accordance with the Christian tradition. Students are required to spend time abroad working on technical problems in a developing country. For example, teams of students have built solar electricity systems for an orphanage and school in Haiti, and another team worked in Uganda at a vocational school to build a multipurpose gasoline powered vehicle.

“We are excited that Alina was selected for this summer fellowship with Station 1,” said Dennis O’Neal, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Alina is just one example of how our students want to explore how their education can be used to serve and positively help people.”

As a future humanitarian engineer, Gavrilov is excited for the connections she has the chance to pursue.

“Experiencing life outside of Baylor will be challenging but so important to both my intellectual and spiritual growth,” Gavrilov said. “Above all, however, I am excited about the work to better integrate technology into the government with the intent of making cities safer for everyone.”

by Liesbeth Powers, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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