Carnegie Mellon University
November 23, 2015

Impacts of Climate Change and Engineering Systems: CEE Senior Participates in NASEC

Impacts of Climate Change and Engineering Systems: CEE Senior Participates in NASEC

Jones pictured with Junior Midshipman Morgan Young at the Naval AcademyJones pictured with Junior Midshipman Morgan Young at the Naval Academy

This fall, Amelia Jones (BS ’16) represented the department and the College of Engineering at the 2015 Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC) held at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  This year’s conference, titled “Science, Technology, and Adaptation,” connected Jones with undergraduates in STEM fields from institutions across the United States, where they met with experts who discussed the current state of and challenges facing climate and technology, ecology and the environment, and energy and developing economies. Following presentations, students worked within teams to research one of the three focus areas discussed, which then culminated in a presentation of each team’s findings on the final day of conference.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to spend several days broadening my knowledge on climate change, the environment and energy, as well as networking with professors and undergraduates in STEM fields who are also concerned about impacts of climate change on future engineering systems,” says Jones about her experience.

Jones was selected to participate in the College of Engineering Senior Honors Research program where she will be working with Professor Dave Dzombak to study the effect of climate change and permafrost melting on water quality in Alaska. “Conveniently, the Arctic was a strong focal point of the conference,” she explains, “due to its importance to global navies, including the U.S. Navy.”

 With this experience, Jones had the opportunity to broaden her knowledge on climate change, the environment, and energy, in addition to networking with professors and peers who are also concerned about the impacts of climate change on future engineering systems. As part of her research, Jones will compete in the poster competition at the annual Meeting of the Minds competition hosted by the Undergraduate Research Symposium this spring.