Shiloh Curtis, of Sunnyvale, California, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science. She turned a visit at age 8 to the HomeBrew Robotics Club with her dad into her life’s work, so that today her top interest is robotics. "Robots have immense potential to benefit humans, from helping mobility-challenged individuals with the tasks of daily life to eliminating the boring - so that people can focus on what really matters in life," Curtis said. She sees her greatest challenge as enabling robots to function with people in the human world. She is also continuing development of her haptic navigational aid (H-NAV) for the visually impaired, on which she has a patent pending. Curtis said that the Emerson scholarship is helping her continue her education at MIT.
Tristan Ott, of Platte City, Missouri, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He has combined a strong work ethic with his personal beliefs to target a career in engineering dedicated to serving others - by "changing and aiding the lives of people across generations, cultures, and continents. Engineering is in a unique position to change lives for better," said Ott. "I am incredibly thankful to Emerson for their support."