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Brittany Copponex

Brittany Copponex

As a Grand Challenge Scholar, I strive to utilize my knowledge and experience to constantly improve the world around me. Graduating from Louisiana Tech University in 2014, I earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Business Administration. My focus throughout the GCSP was addressing the Grand Challenge of “Providing Access to Clean Water.” During my time at Tech, I remained a prime leader in campus organizations, devoting most of my heart to the Society of Women Engineers (President), Engineers Without Borders (Publicity Chair), and the Engineering and Science Magazine (Assistant Editor and Writer).

One of the most rewarding parts of the program was completing the Entrepreneurship component, where I entered the Top Dawg Business Plan Competition and the New Venture Championship with two other engineers. For these competitions, we developed a business plan for a solar-powered water purifier called PureSol. We designed PureSol to assist communities overseas that had access to a water source, but were unable to properly clean the water to help prevent major illnesses. Through researching water purification methods, determining the components of our product, and developing a business model, our team was able to link the technical engineering world with the business world. Another component of GCSP that I thoroughly enjoyed was tutoring at the Bulldog Achievement Resource Center (BARC). Through tutoring, I recognized how diverse methods were necessary to effectively teach different students. This knowledge is important on a global scale, as there are a variety of ways that people communicate around the globe.

After completing my Master of Business Administration (Concentration in Entrepreneurship) from Oklahoma State University, I plan to go into project engineering. Currently, I am a graduate assistant at OSU’s Technology Development Center, where I work to create commercialization opportunity reports for different technologies that faculty and students develop. My lifelong goals are to continuously invest in important technologies and start several businesses that I believe will improve people’s lives.

In aiming to relate my everyday experiences to my challenge, I have realized how each and every choice that we make as engineers in the 21st century can help to solve global issues. Initially, I chose to be a part of the program because I believed in what it stood for. Now that I have completed the program, I feel that the principles of this program should not only be encouraged in worldwide engineering programs, but it should also be the standard. In the highly interconnected society we live in, technological advancements are able to spread quicker than ever. Many times, engineers are on the forefront of developing and revolutionizing the world around us, making dreams into reality every day. When developing better methods, creating new technology, or generating research, engineers are solving problems that often affect many people’s lives. With this much influence, it is crucial that engineers become the leaders of the future, directing our civilization to new heights and implementing a positive change through our profession.