The Truman Foundation looks for "agents of change," students in their third year of college who seek to improve public or government services. This year, Joseph Riley (Col '13) was selected as just such an agent. Riley, an Army ROTC cadet, and an Echols and Jefferson scholar, studies the role of energy resources in international relations and foreign policy, and hopes to attend graduate school following his post-UVA tour of duty. During his Truman Scholar recognition, UVA President Teresa Sullivan described Riley as a person who "will not only be safeguarding our country, but also leading it into the future."
Assistant Professor Nicola Bezzo's research focuses on creating systems to allow self-driving cars to deal with surprise events, such as a blown tire or sudden traffic.