I want to be able to look back and feel accomplished in a sense that I have helped make the world a better and more sustainable place.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
It was a bit of a surprise to not just my family and friends that I ended up studying civil and environmental engineering, but to myself as well. I studied piano in high school at Charleston County School of the Arts in North Charleston, South Carolina. I graduated with a state high school diploma as well as an arts diploma, so going from a piano arts major to engineering was a bit of a shock. Due to a family incident I entered university as a biomedical engineering major and thought my passion was going to be in aiding in cancer research and myocardial infarction (heart attack). It wasn't until 2015 that I studied renewable energies in Germany, then took part in the GREEN Program in summer 2016, did I realize I truly wanted to change my major. My passion was, and still is, to be able to get more involved in sustainability and green affiliations, therefore leading to my civil and environmental major.
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to be able to look back and feel accomplished in a sense that I have helped make the world a better and more sustainable place. Hopefully that means to be able to create or even assist in any way that would benefit the earth's environment and in turn our living conditions. What benefits the earth benefits us, and helping to build a more sustainable and green biosphere is where I hope to be an impact.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I am apart of the Society of Women Engineers and take place as the co-Outreach Chair where organization and communication skills are necessary. I was a receptionist at a hotel having to organize guests accounts, manage money, and handle communications. I am apart of the flying gamecocks which is a skydiving organization and help to spread the word and get more people interested, which is quite big for me since I am excessively scared of heights. Over the past few years I have worked on individual and group projects including but not limited to research on HL-60 stem cell lines and identifying unknown bacterium species. In high school I was apart of the Jefferson Service Club where we received a national leadership award for volunteerism and service.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
I have never felt more at home with a group of people than I have before I went on the GREEN Program. To be able to meet so many people of different interests and backgrounds with one common goal, and be able to come together to work on that goal in various ways is an outstanding opportunity.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our project was to create a portable, flexible solar panel that can be moved around regardless of suns position, attached to an air compressing utility that maintains energy flow during night or winter. I worked with couple team members and GREEN affiliations after we had all returned home for a little bit, and hope to be able to continue working on it when the school year starts back up and applications for funding start to become available.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
Sir David Attenborough, Duke Ellington, and Michael Jackson.