How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
Long term, develop new ways of providing sustainable and reliable energy sources to underdeveloped countries all over the world.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I am a Domini-Rican (Dominican and Puerto Rican) who was born and raised in New York City. As a child, I’ve always understood the importance of being a globally-minded citizen. I think it’s the reason why I grew up with the desire to be a part of something that is bigger than myself and to help others become better versions of themselves.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
I’m from a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan that is known to be the Dominican capital of New York City. During one of my visits to the Dominican Republic (DR), I began to realize how important, something as simple as reliable access to electricity, was to the Dominican community. At first, I would hear my Dominican friends in my neighborhood and my cousins in the DR joke about how the power in most of the towns would randomly go off at all hours of the day and night for indefinite periods of time. During this visit to the DR, I did not experience a power outage, but the more I observed my Dominican friends at home, my dad’s side of the family in the DR, and my community at large; I finally understood that this issue was not a laughing matter. These power outages have a detrimental effect on the Dominican Republic in a variety of ways including the social-emotional health of its people. For instance, people on and off the island are constantly acting aloof about the situation, which suggests that they are literally “powerless” and have accepted this unpleasant reality of their lives. This issue was one that I connected with on all levels and is what inspired me to pursue an engineering degree.
Describe your dream job or career.
My dream job is one that I am able to help visually communicate the urgency of climate change and develop innovative solutions through a combination of art, engineering, and policy.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I was the programming chair for my universities' Multicultural Greek Council; I programmed events on and off campus showcasing what the Greek-lettered organizations under our council had to offer to the Rochester community. In addition, I was also the social chair for my sorority; Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
My capstone experience and my journey was very collaborative. I was able to work with students majoring in different fields, who came from different schools, and who had their own unique experiences. However, despite our differences we were able to create a capstone project which was unique and creative in such a short amount of time.
Where and when would you go in a time machine? Why?
The U.S. during the industrial revolution, so that I could prevent the many global warming issues that we face today.
Is there a documentary or book that really changed the way you thought about something, or motivated you in a particular way?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho