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Imagine Cup Winners Solve World’s Woes

Searching for the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs? Look around your classroom. Or rather, check out Sydney, Australia, where students – many of them computer science and engineering majors – from every continent competed to solve the world’s toughest problems at Microsoft’s 10th annual Imagine Cup.

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Class Acts: The Water Guy

drivingforceWhen he was a senior in high school, Marc Edwards was sure he wanted to be a veterinarian. But after he spent a summer working with pets and getting bitten, he realized that “vets end up treating the owners more than the animals.” So he switched to civil engineering. Edwards is now a professor at Virginia Tech.

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Joy Barrett

Chemical Engineer

Joy Barrett is a senior working on a double major in chemical engineering and physics at Tuskegee University. Her focus is environmental engineering. Outside of class, she does community service and mentors local high school students.

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Elyse Rester

Environmental Engineer

Elyse Rester is a senior at Georgia Tech majoring in environmental engineering. Ultimately, she wants to use her training to get basic sanitation and clean water to rural areas in developing countries.

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Engineer Spotlight: Marc Edwards

mark_edwardsIt was a problem that had baffled civil engineer Marc Edwards for a decade. By the time the Virginia Tech professor finally figured out the answer, he had stumbled across a health issue that ended up pitting him against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the utility that supplies Washington, D.C., with its drinking water.

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