John F. McDonnell at podium

Washington University announces $20 million McDonnell Scholarship Challenge

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton has announced a $20 million commitment from Life Trustee John F. McDonnell to support scholarships and fellowships as part of Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University. This is one of the largest single scholarship gifts in the history of the university. The gift establishes the McDonnell Scholarship Challenge, which will […]

Michael King on street.

Leaving an imprint on cities around the globe

Washington University alumnus Michael King has worked on every continent except Australia and Antarctica to make cities more livable, safer and better prepared for the future. As a “traffic calmer,” King is helping to reinvent the way we view urban environments. Traffic calming is an approach to urban design that aims to reduce traffic and […]

Gyo Obata today

A History of Inclusivity

While his Japanese-American family was interned during World War II, Gyo Obata found a welcoming place to learn and thrive at Washington University. In 1942, approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry — two-thirds of them American born — were forced from their homes and into internment camps. Gyo Obata’s family was ordered to the Tanofran […]

Group of women bakers in Culver in Rwanda

Making an impact in the world

Washington University MBA student Markie Culver is driven by a desire to make a positive impact in the world. Culver is founder of The Women’s Bakery, a social enterprise that trains East African women to build, operate, manage and sustain their own bakeries, empowering them to invest in their health, their families and their communities. […]

Two WashU students at Sygenta Crop Challenge

Improving the Sustainability of Agriculture

A team including two Olin Business School faculty members took third prize at Syngenta’s recent Crop Challenge. 600 teams from around the world registered for the event; just five finalists were invited to present their ideas. The competition explores new methods to make crops more efficient. Read more at Yahoo Finance.

Crete House model picture

A Twist: Harnessing the Sun to Combat Global Warming

A team of students from Sam Fox School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science are preparing for Solar Decathalon 2017. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the biennial competition challenges university teams from around the world to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. Winners will be selected on the basis of design […]