What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
From a young age, I have always been curious about the natural world, from the smallest particles to the largest structures of the universe, and have had a love for mathematics. I’d also consider myself to be somewhat of a humanist, which I attribute to growing up surrounded by the diversity of New York city. Most of my interests stem from some combination of these two fundamentals. I love traveling to experience different cultures and to meet new people, as well as to witness geologic parts of the earth I am not exposed to in the urban northeast. I also enjoy photographing unusual landscapes, cityscapes, and the night sky.
I believe the issue of climate change resonates with me because of its involvement of science and its dire impact on the global population. Similarly, I believe the area of architecture is a passion of mine because of its intersection of technology and occupant impacts—not to mention growing up among some of the country’s greatest architecture in New York. Climate change and architecture intersect at sustainability, which is where my passion lies.
Describe your dream job or career.
Instead of working at a typical engineering firm, I want to work someplace that creates things to benefit humans and the earth, not just the company’s wallet. I wish to help advance the frontier of our knowledge and capabilities—rather than creating cookie-cutter type designs that haven’t changed in decades. I currently aspire to work as a researcher and to build mathematical models, with the hopes that the research I contribute to significantly impacts how things are built in the future.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I aim to lead by using my experiences and unique positions to guide others with information they may not otherwise have. I have tried to accomplish this by seeking out opportunities during my academic career to participate in student panels, including those led by the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering department, and the Chi Epsilon honors society.
Climate change and architecture intersect at sustainability, which is where my passion lies.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
Via activities in the classroom and within some of the most alluring parts of our natural world, our experiences on the GREEN Program helps students realize they are capable of extraordinary things in either their personal or professional lives. I have always enjoyed the comfort of a developed urban environment, and never desired anything along the lines of climbing mountains—in sub-freezing temperatures in Iceland, no less. The GREEN Program pushed me to not only accomplish what I never thought I could or would do, but also thrive at it and enjoy it. In doing so, it helps its students instill the same approach when it comes to tackling climate change, helping to create a wave of students determined to make an impact regardless of the challenges ahead.
Where and When would you go in a time machine? Why?
I would go back to July 20th 1969 to witness the first humans set foot on the moon. I believe that milestone created a great sense of pride as a species, and ignited hope, wonder, and a sense possibility as a culture. I would love to experience those sensations first hand from one of the single moments that sparked them.