I want to leave a better, cleaner, greener future for our posterity. I want to power the world with renewable energy.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I discovered my passion for the environment when I watched an Inconvenient Truth in sixth grade with my parents. I was in tears in the movie theater, trying to understand why I was having such an emotional reaction. Two years later I heard Al Gore speak, and that solidified my career path. I am a very technical person that wants to make a difference in the world, so environmental engineering presented itself as the perfect major for me. I am a positive, happy person that is dedicated to improving life for the greater good--including all animals and the environment.
Describe your dream job or career.
I would love working at a product-based company in Silicon Valley that develops renewable energy technologies, or working with a multinational organization to implement alternative energy solutions around the world. I want to innovate in an exciting, fast-paced work environment that makes a tangible difference.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
As a millennial and as a female engineer, I believe humanity is at a critical transition and we have the power to shape our future behaviors. I was able to do this in a microcosm at USC through my on-campus involvements. Through leadership opportunities, I have found that I have a strong ability to influence people’s personal habits when it comes to environmentally-friendly behavior. As the Director of Advocacy for the USC Environmental Student Assembly, I held an event called “Water You Doing About the Drought?” Hearing these student pledges showed me that even one person can have an impact in shifting others to a consciousness of sustainability.
Additionally, as the undergraduate student representative on the USC Waste Management Subcommittee for USC’s Sustainability 2020 Plan, I worked alongside administrators and staff to create an integrated waste management plan. Our goal is to divert 75 percent of USC’s waste by 2020 by dramatically increasing the recovery of food waste and recyclables. Through these collaborative opportunities, I have gained an appreciation for diverse perspectives and fresh ideas not only in my coursework, but outside of it as well.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
My parents had a goal for my brother and me: to be brought up with a global perspective. Not to just grow up as a Californian or an American, but as a global citizen. Instead of road tripping to national parks for vacations, we traveled to all seven continents by the time I was 18. Because of my childhood travels, I now view the world as the setting and context for my studies, and as the primary reason I chose environmental engineering and a career in sustainability. At USC, I naturally connected with international students, discussing our perspectives. Attending the GREEN Program further developed this, and I wouldn't trade my time in Iceland for anything.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
My favorite part was being in a group of 45 like-minded college students. Having something in common with a huge group of people felt so unifying, since often times, being an environmental engineer in the face of so much human adversity can be disheartening. I still have many lasting connections from the trip.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
It took my group and I a long time to decide on a capstone project. We were all interested in everything, throwing around different ideas and bouncing them off each other. Eventually, we decided on creating disaster-relief shelters out of old shipping containers. They would be pre-fabricated with shelter, pit toilets, electricity, and beds. Thus, when a natural disaster hits, it could be shipped immediately to the affected country, minimizing waste and improving relief support around the world.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
I will use the GREEN network to keep myself connected with equally motivated individuals in the fight for a cleaner planet. Being an ambassador for the program also gave me practical experience in enlisting people to a cause by sharing my experiences with them, so I will keep this in mind and continue being open with everyone I meet.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
Rachel Carson, Albert Einstein, Barack Obama