University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering undergraduate students Alli Abolarin and Coty Weathersby are among the 2018 winners of the Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis Jr. Academic Achievement Award.
The award, presented by the UW System and the Alliant Energy Foundation, recognizes the outstanding academic and community-service efforts of students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups who are pursuing a degree in business or engineering at UW-Madison or UW-Platteville.
Abolarin, who grew up in Nigeria, is a senior majoring in biomedical engineering with a certificate in international engineering. He conducts research in neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, and serves as a LEED (Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity) Scholar to encourage underrepresented students in the field of engineering. In summer 2017, he participated in the Amgen Scholars Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he helped optimize a lab’s drug delivery system to treat bone defects.
Weathersby is a senior from Milwaukee majoring in chemical engineering. She participated in UW-Madison’s Engineering Summer Program for high school students, which introduced her to waste water treatment research. Later, as a LEED Scholar, she led an outreach visit to her alma mater, Rufus King High School. A founding member of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, she coordinates outreach days through the Madison-area Boys and Girls Club.