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Grand Challenges Scholar, Spring 2024

Cameron Morgan

Cameron Morgan chose his major because it enabled him to combine his love of math with his determination to protect the natural environment. That pursuit has led him develop “a wide array of translatable skills,” he says.

To help learn those skills, Morgan expanded his education beyond his classwork by participating in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative program, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Grant College and Fellowship Project program and the Fulton Schools Grand Challenges Scholarship program.

“The Fulton Schools and Arizona State University have so many opportunities to get involved with research and extracurricular scholar programs, which have greatly increased the quality of my education,” Morgan says.

He took advantage of those opportunities by also participating in the Fulton Schools Engineering Projects in Community Service program, and serving on the leadership boards of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Fulton Ambassadors.

Morgan’s academic performance earned him a place on the Dean’s list in each semester of undergraduate studies. He also won a Moeur Award and was nominated for the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship and the Churchill Scholarship.

He credits fellow ASU engineering student Edward Apraku for “providing  invaluable advice over the last four years that greatly amplified my personal and professional success in engineering and research. He’s now getting a PhD at Stanford University and continues to be an inspiration to me and many others.”

Morgan now plans to pursue a master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Cambridge in England and then return to the U.S. to earn a doctoral degree in chemical and environmental engineering at Yale University.

“I aspire to become a university professor at a top-tier research institution. I want to research and develop technology to combat climate change while mentoring and teaching future generations of scientists and engineers,” he says. “I hope to be a part of creating efficient technology to remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and turn them into useful chemicals.”

“I hope that the work I will do during my lifetime will help combat the climate crisis and enable people to live comfortable and fulfilling lives anywhere around the world,” Morgan says. “I also hope to inspire many more scientists and engineers to pursue this research path.”

Morgan says his guiding aspiration is “a career in engineering that allows me to directly impact the lives of so many others for the better. I get to help the world and my community. I couldn’t ask for a better career path and passion than engineering.”

Read about other exceptional graduates of the Fulton Schools’ spring 2024 class here.

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