How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
Make sure that my children, grandchildren and so on are left with a world better than the one I was born into.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I have a passion for environmentalism and living sustainably and I want to make that my career.
Describe your dream job or career.
Helping businesses and residents learn to live a more sustainable lifestyle, using renewable energy sources to go off-the-grid, and incorporating energy efficiency practices to save energy.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
At Temple as an undergraduate, I was the President & Founder of the SIAM Student Chapter, President of Temple Math Club, and an Officer of Students for Environmental Action. These experiences taught me how to manage people, how to delegate work, and how to inspire action in our members.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
My team was composed of engineers, policymakers, scientists, and me, the mathematician. Our Capstone idea was to use geothermal energy to obtain clean water in depressed areas. It was a perfect blend of renewable energy and social justice: employing technology and engineering in order to bring sustainable energy systems to third-world countries in order to help uplift the world's poor out of poverty and provide them with the means and knowledge to support themselves. Of course, geothermal energy isn't easy to deal with, so we had to educate ourselves on the best methods for extracting clean water using geothermal hotspots. Implementation was going to be another difficult barrier, but we came up with methodologies, partnerships, finances, etc. to help us create our business plan.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
Attending the People's Climate March in 2014 in NYC bolstered my ideas of turning my environmental passion into a career.
Is there a particular company or organization that your heart is set on working for throughout your career?
I think the United Nations would be an incredibly interesting and engaging organization to work for.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
Standing over Gullfoss ("Golden Falls") and feeling the immensity and power of Iceland's natural landscape within the context of the story about the locals fighting a company who wanted to profit from the falls really drove home the idea of living in harmony with Mother Earth rather than simply destroying the planet for our own temporary, selfish gains.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite (dead or alive, fictional or non-fictional).
Barack Obama, Nikola Tesla, Jimi Hendrix