How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to mitigate the effects of industrialization by helping people and companies transition back to a sustainable mindset that will shape a healthier future on Earth.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I have a strong ability to understand and communicate different perspectives on a matter. By interrogating and analyzing situations with an open mind I get a great sense of issues that can arise.
Describe your dream job or career.
I want to front load my career with unique experiences in as many fields of environmental remediation that will get my hands dirty. It is my hope that by working on different projects I will have a better understanding of all aspects of environmental engineering and will be able to approach any scenario with a sense of confidence. From there I would like to use the knowledge I gained to create macro-economic change. I want to help reshape our society and industry by setting the restrictions that will promote a sustainable mindset, and be able to provide the solutions people can use to reach these goals.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I am naturally driven to question the way things are and if they can be better. Something inside of me wants to make sure anything around me is being used, or is being ran, as efficiently as possible and to its full potential. This has been a part of me for as long as I can remember and has driven me to take on leadership roles given the opportunity. Since being at Penn State, I have found a club, Engineers for a Sustainable World, that I am passionate about, and I have progressed through the ranks within the club. I was elected to the Public Relations chair of the club a semester after joining, and now I will be the next President of the club. There were aspects of the club that I thought could be improved on and over the last year I like to think I have had an impact on making the club stronger. In this position I was given the opportunity to be a member of the Council of Sustainable Leaders, part of Penn State's sustainability institute, and Order of the Key. Looking forward I am excited to see how my involvement in ESW and the CSL will help make Penn State a more environmentally friendly campus with a strong green community.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
I've lived most of my life to this point in a small town in the Poconos that is rich in environmental history. Growing up in Milford, home to the Pinchot family estate Grey Towers, has inspired by pursuit to study environmental engineering and nature conservation.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
I was motivated by the passionate ideas and restored optimism that were made possible by uniting a community of like minded individuals. Creating this strong sense of community is the catalyst required to facilitate change.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
The capstone experience was a fascinating journey through how the unique backgrounds that made up my team think about issues and approach problems. My team created a consulting firm focused on developing environmentally responsible buildings (ZNE). Our progress through considering how our company would fulfill all the different components of the business model canvas could not have been completed without having the diverse range of people, engineers, and scientists that we had. It was a great way to get round table experience communicating amongst different backgrounds.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
TGP provided a rare setting where I was surrounded by people from all across the country, continent, and world. This helped me develop professionally, working with a concentrated yet diverse group of peers. This experience also pushed me on a personal level because in only ten days I was able to make personal connections with so many people. This proved the strength of the universally shared human experience. I also was able to make these connections with the culture of Iceland, and was fascinated to learn so much about their society.
Where and when would you go in a time machine? Why?
I would love to be the intern who got coffee for the Founding Fathers during the Philadelphia Convention. I'm interested in U.S. politics and history alike, so what better time to get an overhaul of direct information (the good, the bad and the ugly) that'd take the rest of my life to digest.
Is there a documentary or book that really changed the way you thought about something, or motivated you in a particular way?
Innsaei, VICE documentaries, Nature's Metropolis. Always watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, and reading books that challenge my mindset.