Iceland and Japan confirmed me that renewable energies are the solution, and I can't wait to contribute to the green energy transition in the rest of the world.

What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?

I was born in a small town in Venezuela, a country where oil is the main source of energy production. It was really hard for me to get involved in the green energy industry since it was almost non-existent. Moving to the US was tough, as it is for every immigrant, but I am grateful I can now make an impact to the world. Iceland and Japan confirmed me that renewable energies are the solution, and I can't wait to contribute to the green energy transition in the rest of the world.

Describe your dream job or career. 

My dream job is to work for a company that focuses on sustainable housing, off-grid power generation, and/or the sustainability transition of major cities.

Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.

 

In my latest GREEN experience in Fukushima, Japan, my capstone project was the creation of a company called United Nuclear Waste Solutions.

 

We aimed to manage the reprocess of nuclear waste in a way that secures an acceptable level of protection for human health, the environment, and non-proliferation. Our team came up with the idea after visiting Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima. This was the nuclear power plant that exploded as a result of the Great Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, 2011. After observing the incredible amount of effort put by the Fukushima prefecture into the restoration of the area, and the amount of money spent on injecting the nuclear waste underground, we decided to come up with a solution. After extensive research, we came up with the idea of implementing a technology that is already used in France, where they recycle nuclear waste, but this time using some of the by-products for the nuclear battery research of NASA and SpaceX. We realize there are laws prohibiting nuclear recycling processes in the US, but our team believed the Department of Energy would be willing to hear our proposal since there are several tons of nuclear waste that need to be disposed in the US.

How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?

I will use this experience as an initiative to start my own sustainability projects around my college campus. I realize now that there is a lot that can be done and with the proper team, projects can come to reality very fast.

You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.

Sylvia Earle, Elon Musk, and John Lennon

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