Abroad: Rome, Italy - Spring 2019
As a mechanical engineering research assistant in the Kellogg International Scholars Program, Hannah Gillespie worked with professors from Notre Dame and community members in Léogâne, Haiti to assess the role of religiosity in risk perception and action due to natural disasters. In her sophomore year, Gillespie programmed an app and traveled to Haiti over winter break to train community leaders in surveying and uploading data using mobile phones. Gillespie is currently involved in the data processing portion of the project. The results for the NSF-funded research project will be presented at the Haitian Studies Conference in Port-au-Prince in November.
In her junior year, Gillespie will initiate conversations, perform needs assessments, and brainstorm solutions for a community-defined project in Léogâne while collaborating with the newly-established Grand Challenges Scholars Program and peers within the College of Engineering. Through a human-centered design thinking approach, Gillespie will work with community members and university partners to tackles problems of water sanitation, energy supply, and waste processing.