"I pushed myself and was rewarded with a degree and love for engineering. From this I thought about how I could further my love and push myself further. I became interested in the Iceland School of Energy in Reykjavik (thanks to The Green Program) and thought to myself, what if I made this happen?"
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want help improve sustainable energy technologies and spread awareness of sustainable practices.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
My resume does not tell you how to got to where I am today. When I was deciding my undergraduate degree, I decided to try the hardest thing I can imagine, just to see if I could do it. I dove in head first to Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. I pushed myself and was rewarded with a degree and love for engineering. From this I thought about how I could further my love and push myself further. I became interested in the Iceland School of Energy in Reykjavik (thanks to The Green Program) and thought to myself, what if I made this happen? I think I could make this a reality. It was not easy picking up and moving myself to a foreign country with a language I did not speak, knowing nobody, and not knowing what I was getting myself into. I think from these experiences I learned I am able to flourish outside my comfort zone and no challenge is too daunting and insurmountable.
Describe your dream job or career.
My dream job is to work with innovative energy technologies. I would love to travel the world implementing these technologies and revolutionizing the global view and use of sustainable energy. My current Masters Thesis focuses on an innovative geothermal technology, yet I am interested in all realms of sustainability.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
Most of my leadership experiences have been in project settings within school. In group settings I am able to lead as well as follow. When I lead a group I open up efficient channels for communication, organize the group, delegate the work, and take large responsibility in quality and completion of the project. One example of this is in my Senior Design Project where we designed building. I kept my team members on track with regular meetings due dates (as it spanned a whole semester) and helped them with their sections. From their work I generated the AutoCAD drawings for the building, site remediation, water management, foundation, traffic, etc. After all the drawings were completed we wrote a comprehensive proposal and presentation. Our project was finished on time and was successful.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
My biggest takeaway was the confidence and drive I gained from the experience. This experience gave me the confidence and drive to pursue a higher education degree in sustainable energy engineering.
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).
Terry Pratchett, Robert A. Heinlein, Nikola Tesla