2017-2018 Student Stories


Ralf Pentecostes and Jonathan Ravana working on their piezoelectricity project.Cousin Collaboration Converts Footsteps Into Electrical Energy

June 22, 2018

Ralf Pentecostes, an electrical engineering major, teamed up with his cousin, Jonathan Ravana, a construction management major, for a project to develop a floorboard that converts kinetic energy from human footsteps into electrical energy. 


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Canyon LewisEngineering Student Collaborates with Biological Science Major to Win Dr. Alex Hills Engineering and Civic Engagement Award 

May 10, 2018

Congratulations to UAA Civil Engineering major, Canyon Lewis, on receiving the 2018 Dr. Alex Hills Engineering and Civic Engagement Award.  Canyon, together with Biological Sciences major Claire Lubke, will use the Award to design an autonomous aeroponic garden system. Their research will potentially benefit Alaskan communities by promoting locally grown food to reduce dependence on food being shipped into Alaska.

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Civil Engineering graduate, Mohamed Niagne (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)Civil Engineering Major Graduates with Leadership Honors

May 7, 2018

UAA Civil Engineering graduate Mohamed Niagne has already secured a position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and he also leaves behind an impressive legacy of community service and leadership. 


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Peter RennerGraduating Mechanical Engineering Student Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

May 7, 2018

UAA Mechanical engineering student, Peter Renner, has joined the ranks of our nation’s highest achievers, being recognized with a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


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UAA mechanical engineering professor Matt Cullin with undergraduate research assistant, Keir Johnson

Mechanical Engineering Professor and his Student Assistant Study Pipeline Longevity

April 26, 2018

Professor Matt Cullin and his undergraduate assistant, Keir Johnson, have used a  ConocoPhillips Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment Award to create a tool to study the effects of corrosion on pipelines. By replicating the conditions that can lead to a catastrophic oil spill, they hope to prevent such future disasters.


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steel bridge competitionCivil Engineering Student Selected for Congress-Bundestag (CBYX) Scholarship

April 24, 2018

UAA Civil Engineering student, Patricia Jackson, has joined an elite group of 75 American students selected by the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) to spend one year studying, interning and living in Germany.


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Renowned Nordic skier Reese Hanneman, photographed in front of UAA’s Engineering and Industry Building.Olympic Cross-Country Skier Pursuing Degree in Mechanical Engineering

April 23, 2018

Accomplished cross-country skier, Reese Hanneman, spent his life training for the Olympics - a goal finally achieved with his 14th place showing in the men's 4x10 km relay at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Reese will now focus his energies on continuing his mechanical engineering studies.

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Civil engineering graduate student Euan-Angus Macleod collects data that will play into erosion forecasting statewide.Civil Engineering Graduate Student Engaged in Studying Coastal Erosion

April 18, 2018

Euan-Angus MacLeod, a civil engineering graduate student, spent the winter recording ground temperature on the coast just a few miles from campus, in an attempt to help predict the speed of coastal erosion statewide.


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Virginia GroeschelDear Virginia...

August 3, 2017

She didn't just accomplish her dream of becoming an engineer – she helped other students become what they wanted to be, too.



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NASA Dive TeamStudent Engineers Test Asteroid Anchor at NASA HQ

June 14, 2017

University of Alaska Anchorage students recently traveled to Johnson Space Center in Houston, where NASA tasked them with developing the next stage of space exploration. 



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 rocco haroCreating His Future

June 7, 2017

Having played the piano and composed music from a young age, there is no doubt that Rocco Haro brings a creative perspective fto everything he does. He's excited to apply this vision and his eventual B.S. in Computer Science to designing financial models for the banking and investment world.


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 Story ThumbnailOur own NSF Fellow!

May 31, 2017

In rural Alaska, being able to use “Structural Insulated Panels” to build homes is a godsend. But how do they hold up under pressure and over time?

Nathaniel Cox, a UAA civil engineering graduate and newly minted National Science Foundation graduate research fellow, will explore those questions over the next year, in an effort to help people better their communities.

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