there's so much that I don't know and I never will know, but it's worth a shot trying to understand as much as I can.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I wanted to be every type of scientist before I became an engineer - but I also wanted nothing to do with math or science for a little while. Rather than thinking about what field I want to go into, I try to set my sights on what problem I'm trying to solve, and approach the best solution by considering as many scenarios as possible. I tend to forget that boundaries are drawn around fields of study, and it sometimes makes my head spin sometimes when I realize there's a whole world full of information out there. But, that's kind of what makes me want to get up in the morning - there's so much that I don't know and I never will know, but it's worth a shot trying to understand as much as I can.
Describe your dream job or career. (please be as specific as possible)
I want to be a planetary engineer. (Not terraforming - more like creating global change here on Earth. If that job doesn't exist yet, I'll create it!) Most scientists agree that we are living in a manmade geologic era right now. Humans definitely have the capability to change the world around us on a global scale - and if we can do that, why not make it beneficial for the planet and life on it? My goal is to have my own research group, laboratory, or company that focuses on identifying smaller problems within larger, global ones and solving them, specializing in renewable energy tech and climate change mitigation. I'd also really like to write a science fiction book one day.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I have been involved in student organizations and academic research on my campus and within the local community since the first semester of my freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University. I was previously recruitment and retention chair for an electrical/computer engineering outreach organization created by the department chair (my duties included 3D printing drum sets and teaching little kids to program them so they could jam out), and am now starting a student organization based on environmental technology, where I am Technical Development Lead. We plan to work on projects like installing green walls to mitigate local urban overheating, invasive species removal, and outreach to local schools. I am also working with Conservation X Labs, a conservation technology organization, to bring conservation technology resources to universities across the world. I regularly talk about my research experiences at outreach events I have participated in with the two student groups I've been a part of, such as the USA Science and Engineering Festival and the Richmond Maker Fair.
What skills or knowledge did you gain or improve through your experience on The GREEN Program?
Cross Disciplinary Communication and Collaboration Skills, Public Speaking, Confidence and Self-Awareness, Global and Cultural Competencies, Tolerance, Technical Understanding