Oregon State University
2014/2015 academic year/high school award
Seeking solutions to complex community problems
"Competing successfully in the International Destination Imagination Contest way back in the fifth grade sparked my interest in solving problems with mathematics and science," recalls Oregon State University civil engineering student Garrett Childress. His 2014/2015 academic year scholarship from the Wire Reinforcement Institute Foundation gave him a leg up as he started college. "My experiences as a young student certainly stoked my passion and joy for solving problems," Childress says, "and helped me realize that as an engineer, I will be challenged to solve complex problems in the community." First on his list is reworking the pickup/dropoff/parking area at his alma mater to improve logistics, ease congestion and reduce air pollution. For now, Childress continues his rigorous math, science, and engineering studies. He expects to earn a civil engineering degree in the fall of 2018 and hopes to put that degree to work for an engineering firm in the Northwest that specializes in heavy civil or marine projects.