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Mizzou Engineering students selected for national programs

James Bryce, Mizzou Engineering senior

Two Mizzou civil engineering students have earned berths in prestigious Washington, D.C. programs slated for this spring and summer.

Senior James Bryce will participate this summer in the nine-week Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program, ranked among the best 109 internships in the nation by The Princeton Review. Graduate student Kathy Masterson will attend the 16th annual Eno Leadership Development Conference, a four-day event for top graduate students in transportation-related disciplines.

Kathy Masterson, Mizzou Engineering graduate student

“These will be just superb educational and professional development opportunities for our students, giving them practical policy as well as technical experience,” said Mark Virkler, chair of the MU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Bryce is one of 13 students from across the nation to win a spot in the WISE program, which focuses on how engineers can participate in public policy decisions. During his stay at George Washington University, Bryce will meet with government and industry transportation leaders as well as continue his research into substituting recycled materials for soil in construction.

“I’ll be focusing on the geotechnics of sustainable construction,” Bryce said.

Masterson, who is helping develop a computerized sensor network to monitor bridges as her graduate research project, received one of 20 positions at the Eno leadership conference. Masterson also will gain practical experience on how transportation policies are determined during the conference, which runs from May 19 through May 22 in Washington, D.C.



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