I am determined to make a difference not only while I am 'working', but during my 'free time' in the outdoors as well!
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I love photography, hiking, backpacking, traveling, climbing...really anything that gets me outside, pushes my boundaries, and lets me just be out in nature. I think this can often times get written off as something to do in your free time, something that comes secondary. Which, to an extent is true, but it is also so important for so many reasons. There's the obvious, like the stress relief, that comes from being immersed in nature. And of course the joy of traveling. But I think it's more than that, it's about being reminded why we do what we do, and inspiring others to do the same. It's one thing to tell someone else they should care about our planet; it's quite another to go bring them into some gorgeous landscape, or show them photos of your own experiences, or teach them to scale a cliff face and look out over the surrounding peaks and lakes. The technical side of sustainability is certainly important, and my choice to go into engineering reflects this. But, I am determined to make a difference not only while I am 'working', but during my 'free time' in the outdoors as well!
Describe your dream job or career.
I would love to go into geothermal engineering, working to replace outdated and unsustainable heating and energy generation strategies with geothermal systems.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I worked as a Resident Advisor on my campus, helping both students who are new to campus and others who are returning upperclassmen to be successful in their personal, academic, and social lives. I also am one of the leaders of MSU's Vert-i-go Climbing club, a student run club the focuses on getting students involved with Bozeman's climbing community and organizing climbing trips and competitions. Finally, I was lucky enough to travel to Peru as a GREEN Program guide, assisting two local guides in leading a group of international students in learning more about water resource management and sustainability, and helping them to develop capstone project ideas over the course of the program.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our capstone project was focused on minimizing gas emissions and increasing efficiency of geothermal systems. Specifically, we looked at the two main types of geothermal cycles - flash steam and binary - and how the two could be combined to use the latent energy in the flash steam cycle's output through adding a secondary binary cycle. Initial experiments have shown this to increase the work output by over 60%, as well as eliminating all emissions. Getting to work alongside four other individuals who shared the same passion for this topic was, for lack of a better word, completely inspiring to me. Additionally, I was impressed that over the course of the program we were able to learn and put together a viable solution that could (and in my opinion, should!) be pursued in geothermal systems.