Civil Engineering master’s student Yanan Ma has been awarded the 2012-2013 Wu Scholarship, a competitive $1000 scholarship administered by UMKC’s Center for International Academic Programs. One year the Wu Scholarship is awarded for a Chinese student to study here, the next year for an American student to study in China. The scholarship committee was particularly impressed with Yanan’s passion and clear vision for the future. Congratulations Yanan! Yanan’s research is focused on Water Resources and she is a research assistant on the Kansas City Rain Garden Project in which her advisor Dr. Deb O’Bannon is involved. Yanan is contributing to the project currently by collecting and analyzing water quantity data from rain gardens. Later, she will analyze the water quality as well. She intends to return to China to help her country with its urban flooding problems.
Regarding the significance of the rain garden project and her research Yanan advised, “Last year, many big cities in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Wuhan, etc.) suffered from urban floods and it caused a lot of economic lost for the society. What we are doing now in China is to build one pipe only for rain underground which costs a lot of money and a lot of time. The rain garden project has its own advantages on solving urban flood problems, for example it is cheaper, easy to install and repair and so on. So that is why I am so sure the rain garden project can be introduced into our China to help us solve this problem in the future. I know it will be difficult; however I am sure I can find people who are interested in this project and can help me with it. You will never know what you can do until you try, that is what I always believe.”