"I am passionate and intensely curious about Sustainable Development since it shows how every discipline is interconnected, encourages thinking of solutions, and requires collaboration."
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to help people use Earth`s resources more efficiently and in lesser amounts. More, specifically, I aspire to contribute to the creation of food systems which bolster food security, preserve ecosystem services for future generations, and provide jobs.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
At my university, my studies are seen as a unconventional because of my focus on sustainable development. However, I am passionate and intensely curious about this topic since it shows how every discipline is interconnected, encourages thinking of solutions, and requires collaboration. I believe that the ultimate goal of sustainable development is to allow everyone to have the same opportunity to achieve life satisfaction no matter the conditions they were born into. I also view obstacles to achieving these goals as opportunities to break down those obstacles. As a result, I strive to take advantage of these opportunities in my daily life and career by collaborating with individuals and communities to achieve the SDG`s as well as the unique sustainable development goals of communities. This career path I have chosen may not be that of a traditional engineer, but it is a path on which I stride with great pride and on which I am excited to embark.
Describe your dream job or career.
My dream job would at a location bolsters food security by using repurposed materials to grow crops in a way which practices sustainable agriculture while minimizing the amount of space used. I imagine myself working on the technical aspects of the operation such the irrigation systems, nutrient distribution, arranging the crops to maximize primary productivity, and finding new ways to utilize the repurposed materials. Simultaneously, I imagine myself working and engaging with the community to make sure that the community is a part of sustaining the location.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
My leadership have grown a lot during my time at university. For example, I am currently working with the Purchasing, Facilities, and the Office of Sustainability at my university on the university`s surplus property program. We are working together to incorporate a program called Lehigh Valley (LV) SHARES in the plan. As part of a group, I assessed the need in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, for LV SHARES, which connects entities with excess material such as office furniture and supplies with schools and non-profits who have articulated a need for those items. For the needs assessment the group of I was a part met with community members to hear their stories and their insights on LV SHARES and the need it would fill. I gained valuable insights into the workings of a business model as well as the challenges of donation and waste reduction. In addition, the experience has taught me the importance of community engagement, listening, face-to-face interaction and about being a leader in and for my community.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
For the Capstone project, my group came up with an educational curriculum for middle schools that teaches students about sustainable agriculture and renewable energy.