"GREEN has opened so many professional doors in my time since I went on my trip in August 2015. It’s not only been fantastic fuel for interview material, it opened my eyes to what I can expect in a higher-ed program abroad."
What’s your story?
As a geek and an artist, I love to get folks stoked about STEAM. Kids are pretty cool and are kind of our world’s future, so I enjoy seeing them light up like an LED in workshops that get them excited about STEAM. My cultural quilt is a bit eclectic. Although I consider myself an Orlando native, I grew up in bilingual worlds and visit my French family on the French Rivera once a year. A bit of a jack-of-all-trades, I love most aquatic sports and currently am learning how to wind surf. I’m about 20 hours away from getting my paragliding permit, but used to be terrified of heights. I’m slowly transitioning into vegan-hood, but cheese and honey are the bane of my existence. I’m an amateur ukulele enthusiast and love to meet people who are amateur enthusiasts of other things.
Describe your dream job.
My dream job is where I can empower communities and inspire individuals to reach beyond their potential. On some days, that position looks like a material scientist developing organic solar cell technology for cheap and efficient solar panel systems. Other days the position looks like a developer for an AR/VR team creating engaging content for viewers. Every once in a while, that positions looks like being a president of a university that pipe-lines the brightest minds into the STEAM-fields.
"Every engineer out there probably enjoys building just like every artist in the world probably enjoys creating. Is the meaning of “building” and “creating” all that different? STEAM is a mentality that too many folks in my industry brush aside, and that will be detrimental to our tech-world progression."
What was your favorite memory from your GREEN program experience?
It was silent. Our group members had all found a rock to lean against or sit on in this giant cave we wandered into as we followed our guides. All you could hear was the soft drip of the stalactites that clutched to the ceiling. Suddenly, a rich baritone voice ripped through the darkness. The chanting of a traditional Icelandic hymn. Although I couldn’t see a single face in the utter blackness of the cave, I saw the jaws drop, the goosebumps rising on arms and the closing of eyes as we were absorbed by the awesome reverberating sound of Iceland. That was my favorite part of the entire GREEN experience.
Is there a documentary or book that really changed the way you thought about something?
“Leaders Eat Last” has been such an eye opening book that really challenged the way I look at people in positions of influence. A must-read for any self-made business owners or millennial entrepreneurs!
How are you leveraging your experience on The GREEN Program?
GREEN has opened so many professional doors in my time since I went on my trip in August 2015. It’s not only been fantastic fuel for interview material, it opened my eyes to what I can expect in a higher-ed program abroad.
At FAU, I’m building a report with the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science in order to one day create a sustainable engineering initiative at FAU. In the meantime, getting students excited about GREEN is a reward in itself. In the professional sphere, GREEN is at the top of my resume underneath my education along with the workshop courses we took at the University of Reykjavik. They have been incredible door openers and conversation starters that have facilitated access to local scholarships.