How do you want to leave your impact on the world? 

I want to use human-centered design to solve sustainability, renewable energy, transportation and engineering problems. I want to design mechanisms and systems, whether products, infrastructure or technology, that support marginalized and underdeveloped communities. I'd like to help contribute to new green energy technologies, and I'd like to make engineering more transparent, interesting, and involved with the public.

 

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

I am extremely enthusiastic about ideas. I am an artist in mindset, and a soon-to-be-engineer in practice. I love mechanical design and the idea process, as well as solving open-ended and complex problems. I thrive in places that give me space to create, ideate, and engage with others. I also know what it’s like to work extremely hard for a goal. I worked for 72 hours a week in the summer to attend the GREEN Program, and I take matters into my own hands when I need to. Lastly, I love running, the arts, and meeting people. I think the arts have huge value in good engineering. I am forever interested and questioning how technologies work, as well as how people work.

 

Describe your dream job or career.

There are many places I could end up and be baffled by my surroundings and the potential in engineering technology. This includes a position in design engineering (product design, sustainable design in infrastructure), renewable energy engineering, or in aerospace, an industry I don't have much experience in but maintain high interest in. The company or organization I work for could be big or small, but would have a history of value in personal connection with its employees and customers. It would encourage new ideas, teamwork, and employees that take initiative to make positive change, even if it upends old existing systems or technology. It would be forward-thinking and its employees friendly, tech and community minded.

 

Tell us about your leadership experiences.

I was the team leader in constructing a solar-powered lantern and cell phone charger built from recycled materials, and then communicated the design effectively to win the global impact award from over 150 teams during a long-term competition. I act as a leader in many other engineering projects I am involved in. Additionally, I was BU's only GREEN Program student ambassador for a semester.

As a founding co-president and project manager of the BU chapter of STEAM, a student led organization to incorporate STEM with the Arts, I am working with other STEAM organizations in a growing network of universities. I was BU's sole organizer of a 5-week workshop series with other STEAM leaders from Brown, RISD and MIT this semester. I am also a STEAM representative in BU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, where I help design educational materials for the sustainable sanitation technology installed and taught in Naluja, Zambia, which are already much more effective.

 

What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?

My biggest takeaway was the realization of how extremely interconnected natural systems are; the environment regulates itself in many ways, and disruptions have a domino-effect of detriment for humans and the earth. This realization came to me while ice-walking in Iceland, which was one of my favorite moments on the trip.
 
My other biggest takeaway was how willing people are to help if you just ask, and how eager people are to make connections if you just engage. People are much more similar to you than you think, and much deeper than their shells portray.
 

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

My project was a study of feasibility, engineering, marketing, design, funding, and outreach strategies to found an organization that distributes solar suitcase construction and educational materials to high schools in Florida and partners with those in Cusco, Peru. It is an educational and sustainable development program to pair students in both locations together for collaborative learning. The nonprofit sets up school programs to teach Florida students about solar power and solar suitcase construction, and guides them to mentor students in Peru to construct their own solar suitcase panels. I became really close to the members of my team, and we repeatedly inspired each other in the process of our project.

 

Is there a documentary or book that really changed the way you thought about something, or motivated you in a particular way?

Americana, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on subtle systematic racism in America and cultural difference, and The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene, on the history of theory and thinking on the really small scale (quantum mechanics) and the really large scale (general relativity), and A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, about life, non-blood family, poverty, and how unique each person's struggles are.

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