How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I aim to discover and promote pathways to a global clean energy future.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
A resume can show ambition, but it cannot appropriately portray the passion that I have for energy and the environment, nor the people, places and ideas that have come with exploration in this field.
Describe your dream job or career.
Research and/or consulting at the intersection of energy, atmospheric science, technology and policy. Whether this be in academia, government, the private-sector or NGOs.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
My most valuable leadership experience has been as founder and president of the Graduate Energy Analysis and Policy Students Organization at the University of Wisconsin. It has exposed me to a breadth of energy issues and the experts hoping to solve them.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
Why the GREEN program of course! In general, I am always most motivated when I return from excursions into nature, or those that expose me to new and exciting ideas and people. On a more personal level, submitting my first paper for publication really affirmed my desire to be a scientist.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
Meeting like-minded people with extremely diverse backgrounds and interests.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our Capstone project to expand district heating to residential communities came out of energy engineering work that I had done in the past. Unfortunately, our project began and ended with the trip, but it was an enjoyable experience.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
I enjoyed my time in Iceland and it really functioned as a stepping stone between my undergraduate and graduate education that affirmed my commitment to the field of clean energy.
Where and when would you go in a time machine? Why?
I think I would look forward and travel to the future rather than the past. Maybe 30 years from now. Long enough to see how things work out without being overwhelmed. Perhaps I could learn a lot from my older, wiser self.