"In my day to day life, I don't immediately notice the impact of climate change, so it was a moment of realization that shocked me."
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I would love to focus in energy systems and working to make the energy system more renewable and better optimized (ensuring the base energy need is met with the best possible options that are both economically and renewably practical).
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I enjoy working on technical problems in groups. Throughout college I have looked to join small communities that facilitate teamwork and relationship building. As I have become more familiar with these groups I have looked to take on leadership roles within them to leave and impact and give back.
Describe your dream job or career.
My dream job/ career allows me to continue working in a technical capacity and using my background as a chemical engineer to make an impact on energy systems, while still working closely with other people. It provides me with opportunities to teach others. I am interested in teaching/ mentoring others as I grow in my career in the technical area, but also having the opportunity to teach those without technical degrees about the engineering/ science behind the world's use of energy. This desire to inform those without a technical background gives me interests in regulations/ public policy (ensuring that imposed regulations can be feasibly met) and environmental economics (looking at the costs/ benefits of our energy systems). With multiple interests, I am looking for a career that will challenge me and allow me to always continue learning.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I am currently the president of OXE, the chemical engineering honor society. This involves networking with companies to schedule weekly dinner meetings where OXE members can learn about the industrial field of chemical engineering and career opportunities. It also involves running weekly board meetings where I work with the officer board to schedule social and service events for our organization, maintain our organization's budget and effectively communicate with all members of the organization. I am also currently an instructional aid (IA/ teaching assistant) for the class chemical reaction engineering. In this role, I work with another undergraduate student to hold weekly review sessions that go over material covered in class that week and work through two example problems with students taking the class (120 students, usually around 30 attend the review session). I also hold weekly office hours, where students can individually ask questions about the current week's homework or other conceptual questions. Another leadership experience I had was as the secretary/ safety officer of the Michigan Process Equipment Design and Demonstration team (MPEDD- a group of undergraduate students who design, build and test process equipment with the intent to demonstrate to underclassmen/ high school students). In this role I sent out weekly emails to members to let them know about club meetings and build times. I also had the role of safety officer, where I ensured that all members had appropriate training, followed safety procedures for a lab/ machine shop environment, and kept a log of all of the team's chemicals.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
I think what had the largest impact on me during my GREEN Program experience was the day in Iceland where we went and hiked a glacier and you could see how much it had receded in recent years. In my day to day life, I don't immediately notice the impact of climate change, so it was a moment of realization that shocked me.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
I come from Michigan and when I was on the GREEN Program news of the Flint water crisis was becoming pronounced (extremely so in Michigan, but also nationwide). I proposed looking for a short term solution (as the long term solution was replacing all the pipes in/ leading to Flint) that would help alleviate the problem during the construction period. My group then looked into developing filters that could fit onto a typical faucet that would allow families in Flint to have at least one sink where they could obtain clean drinking water. Some of the challenges we faced were finding a catalyst to remove lead from the water, making the filter small enough to fit on a faucet and last long enough to be economically viable. We found a marketed catalyst that, assuming best operation of the catalyst, would be able to meet these needs.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
This experience will advance my personal goals by bringing an entrepreneurial thought process to problem solving. It will allow me to see a challenge or problem, identify what the largest need is and develop a solution by adapting current technology and thinking of new ways to implement technology.
Where and When would you go in a time machine? Why?
If I had a time machine I would probably travel to about 50 years into the future to understand what developments happen in the world, and be able to adapt to future needs/ problems in the world in my own time.