"In fact, the Green Program has had a huge hand in helping me build a network with other students and employers who have the same goal as I do: sustainable practices across the globe."
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to be an engineer that pushes renewable energy systems into the forefront of society's focus. Whether it be through R&D or technical sales, anything I can do to bring tangible, sustainable solutions to the table of employers and companies is what I'll consider to be good work!
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I've grown up in Colorado nearly all my life, and this state is where I've fallen passionately in love with Mother Nature. To see her under constant assault nowadays in the name of economic growth is unbelievably upsetting. This has fueled my interest in not just developing renewable energy systems, but selling and implementing them them on a large scale and for large companies, whoever they may be.
Describe your dream job or career.
Technical sales, or sales engineering. As much as I love R&D, I feel at my best when I'm working alongside other people and showing them the intricate details of whatever project I've been working on. Hence, sales has become a fantastic niche for me, and with my biochemical engineering expertise, I can help bring the world one step closer to implementing a more sustainable future.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I've naturally headed many projects and reports during my time here at the Colorado School of Mines. I usually function as a group manager who delegates work to other team members (with a healthy amount of their input, of course!) and sets deadlines for when the final product needs to be completed. I'll also step in as a technical writer and editor for final drafts of reports whenever necessary. I'll often times help tutor students at the local high school, and alongside a couple friends, I've helped setup a formal organization to help connect Golden High School students who need help with homework and studying with Colorado School of Mines students with a passion for volunteering.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
The summer of 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to partake in the Green Program trip to Iceland to learn more about how renewable energy systems have been implemented not only into the Icelandic transmission gird, but into the nation's very culture as well. The Nature of Iceland was untamed, and majestically wild. From the highlands of Thorsmork, to the hot spring rivers of Reykjadalur, the people of Iceland have learned to respect and love their country's natural resources and landscape. It made me long to see the same kind of attitude toward Nature in America and Canada, both countries dear to my heart. This only made me more resolute in a future of developing renewable energy systems for the world, and I could see this same passion for a sustainable future in all my fellow Green Program friends who took this fantastic journey with me to Iceland. In fact, the Green Program has had a huge hand in helping me build a network with other students and employers who have the same goal as I do: sustainable practices across the globe.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
My favorite part of my Green Program adventure in Iceland was getting to bond and work alongside other students with the same mindset and goal to help drive the world toward sustainable and renewable energy. I've made friends, as well as potential business and career partners, for a lifetime on this trip!
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our team of 2 chemical engineers majors, 1 nuclear engineer major, 1 business major, 1 mechanical engineer, and 1 geography major worked on the feasibility of implementing nuclear desalination power plants along the coast of South Africa in order to combat the lack of drinking water and clean energy deficit that the country faces. Our team each looked at aspects of the project associated with our personal expertise: Rish, our nuclear engineer, researched the type of nuclear energy source that would work best with this power plant setup. Paige and I, the chemical engineers, developed the energy and water process flow diagrams, tracking where energy producing steam was headed (ideally toward a turbine) and what flowrate of desalinated ocean water would be produced for the people of South Africa per power plant. Little by little, we came to the conclusion that this not only would be a feasible process from an engineering standpoint, but also that it would generate economic profit in the long run as well! We quickly moved on the implementing nuclear desalination in other nations with coastal cities, such as Israel and Morocco. A month after our program ended, a private company actually began building nuclear desalination plants in almost the exact locations our geography expert, Melissa, specified!
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
The leadership and teamwork skills I gained from this experience will help me in the future put together energy projects that I hope are just as impactful as this capstone project! Also, the research skills will help me locate data much faster in the future.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite (dead or alive, fictional or non-fictional; can't be friends or family).
Miyamoto Musashi, Bruce Lee, Sun Tzu