EWU McNair Scholar Marianna Fischer attended the Viterbi Graduate Step Toward Engineering Programs (STEP) Workshop at USC, April 27-28. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering paid for Marianna’s transportation and lodging to attend.
From their website:
The Viterbi Graduate Step Toward Engineering Programs (STEP) Workshop invites students to explore master’s and doctoral degree programs during a 2-day workshop at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Los Angeles, CA. During the Viterbi Graduate STEP Workshop, students from across the country can explore our rich academic programs, exciting research opportunities, world-class faculty, stellar student services, and valuable mentoring resources.
Also this year, Marianna was selected to participate in EWU’s Technology Commercialization Academy (TCA), through the E-Ship Center, and received a CSTEM Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fund Award. Waste to Watts: portable home generators that transform plastic into electricity won Third Place at the E-Ship Team Awards. Marianna and her team, which includes Brayden Taylor, Avary Zachary, and Brandon Lewis, receiving $8,109.87 for their research and development.
Since 2022, under faculty mentor, Dr. Philip Appel, Marianna has been developing a research project on small scale incinerators for energy generation. Her goal is to become an expert in small scale energy generation that is better for the environment and can be used off the grid, in space, and other novel uses.