Making an Impact Near and Far
Working toward a degree in mechanical engineering, with a minor in human rights, Lisjak is one of 55 students who have contributed to the Lincoln Hill Garden project in Dayton’s Twin Towers neighborhood. A collaboration between the Hanley Sustainability Institute, Mission of Mary Cooperative and East End Community Services, the project is converting a one-time Dayton public school site into a community space with an urban garden, a nature playscape and a gathering space. Lisjak spent the summer designing the nature playscape, a play area that incorporates natural elements.
“Projects like this are really important because it allows us to engage in the community and put stake in the area around the University,” Lisjak said. “And this experience has allowed me to better understand what I learned in the classroom because I am able to apply it rather than just hearing about it and imagining it.”
Romo’s EL experience began a world away from Lisjak’s in Bihar, India. As a chemical engineering major, he is one of seven students currently contributing to the award-winning Solar-Thermal Adsorptive Refrigerator (STAR) project, which focuses on providing non-electric refrigeration for medications and vaccines in areas that lack access to reliable electricity, such as Bihar.
“What I’ve learned is that the real-world process goes beyond engineering,” Romo explained. “As you go into valuing different factors in your design process, you have to take into account what’s acceptable in the culture and how to connect with different faith traditions. It really broadens your scope and helps you realize how you can use engineering to help the world.”
Thanks to the support of our Flyer community, students are able to explore more and more learning experiences that are uniquely UD — deepening their knowledge and furthering our goal to become the University for the Common Good.