How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
Ultimately, I want to leave the world a better place for the generations to come. I want to expedite the transition to renewable energy by engineering efficient and cost-effective green technology.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
My passion for renewable energy directly correlates with my desire to protect our environment and provide a higher standard of living for our communities. I enjoy discussing the benefits and drawbacks that accompany renewable energy, and gaining perspective as to how I can facilitate positive change in the way energy is produced and consumed.
Describe your dream job or career.
I want a career in which I can apply my engineering education to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of renewable energy systems while also working with community members to gain an understanding of how their lives can be improved.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I am currently the project lead for a team of solar ambassadors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our team works with RE-volv, a nonprofit based out of San-Francisco, that helps other nonprofits in the United States go solar. We want to combine solar education with community involvement and over the course of the coming semester, our team will host several events to give people in our community an opportunity to learn about solar’s potential. Climate change can be an overwhelming topic, and it may seem that little can be done to stop the negative effects. That is why we are committed to empowering community members in offering the chance to contribute to our crowdfunding campaign. Donations cover the cost of the solar panels which immediately reduce the nonprofit’s energy bill, and continuously offset carbon dioxide emissions. I am very grateful to have such a hard-working team, and I am thankful to work with the dedicated staff at RE-volv.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
I was introduced to renewable energy at a young age. After losing our house in a fire, my family chose to rebuild and incorporate both solar, and geothermal in the new design. At the time, I had no idea how these systems would impact our lives. It didn’t take long before I started learning more and more about the seemingly limitless benefits of clean energy. I am extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to get first-hand experience with these systems and to see how renewable energy can positively impact our lives. Not only do these systems pay for themselves, but they also improve overall human health and help reverse the effects of climate change.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
The best part about the GREEN Program is the lasting connections formed between students. I met people that I genuinely want to stay in contact with for years to come. Each student was inspirational in their own way, and I am very excited to see how we positively shape our future.