"I would like to be in a position that facilitates the growth and development of breakthrough, disruptive clean-technologies; an organization poised to change the world by means of aiding others visions’ come to life."
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I aspire to flip the traditional perspectives and methodologies surrounding our green future upside down; be it innovations in recycling, conservation, transportation, energy, food, water, economics, politics, or religion, we all need to contribute in spreading the passion, vision, and love for the better world that I know we can create. I believe that no one can go about being successful alone; everyone needs a team (that might be the athlete in me speaking, but I think a lot of people would agree). Instilling the passion, drive, and vision that are fundamental to being a pioneer in this ever-changing, and ever-greening world is imperative. My current focus might be energy and environmental policy, but that is only one small part of the solution. I strive to do everything in my power to leave this world in a better place than when I found it; protecting, preserving, and creating innovative and sustainable solutions to our most pressing problems. Be inspired. Be part of the solution…Everyone can make a difference, “it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness”.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I was born and raised in Seattle, WA. I grew up in a very active and outdoorsy household (our garage looked like a sporting goods store); between two dogs and a kid who could never sit still, my parents were always on the go. Growing up as an only child, I didn’t have brothers or sisters to constantly interact with; it was great always having the dogs around, but a lot of the time, I drew upon athletics and curiosity to keep me busy. I can remember being one of those kids who was always looking out the window; in the car, on the bus, on planes, just thinking…thinking about everything; why does this happen, how does this happen, why does this work, why do people do this, I wonder if this, or if that, you get the idea… I think that I’ve always been a mover and shaker, I don't like the status quo; that’s why I’ve found “green” issues so engaging: inspiring people are actively pursuing alternatives to the status quos of politics, energy, transportation, you name it. Long story short, I have fallen in love with cleantech and energy because I believe that they have one of the largest impact potentials on the way our world functions.
Describe your dream job or career.
I would like to be in a position that facilitates the growth and development of breakthrough, disruptive clean-technologies; an organization poised to change the world by means of aiding others visions’ come to life. I believe most would classify the above description as some form of Venture Capital. That said, I would almost equally love being a part of the breakthrough organization itself (more along the lines of the Startup).
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I have been selected as a captain or assistant captain of most sports teams I have been a member of, and have been elected into leadership positions of other organizations I am a part of. I am a strong proponent of leading by example, and motivated by helping others to achieve and exceed their potential.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
My biggest take-away was that the possibilities are endless, the future is bright, and there is boundless hope. My peers on the green program inspired me with their ideas, creativity and passion. I pushed the limits of my comfort zone and explored places I could never have dreamed of going. The best part was exploring an amazing part of the world with fantastic and genuine people with whom I could connect and share all the poignant, breathtaking views, and to know they were appreciating that moment just as much.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
My capstone project was titled “HEIMA”, Home Energy Innovation Management and Analytics. In Icelandic, Heima means ‘home’. Our project is a dynamic solution to a smarter grid-to-home interaction. HEIMA combines energy data analytics with system integration software to optimize your home energy experience. Imagine a day when one’s EV, solar panels, and battery storage system can all be seamlessly connected to each other, and to the grid, optimizing the home system performance, and optimizing that system’s interaction with the grid (ex:the best times to buy and sell power). HEIMA allows a homeowner, or business, to level out their power demand curve, avoiding costly ‘demand utility charges’, and creating a more efficient system. HEIMA benefits the utilities as well by allowing them to stabilize their demand throughout the day, avoiding the use of inefficient and expensive ‘peaker plants’, reducing maintenance costs and increasing overall efficiency.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
I am keeping in touch with my Capstone project peers, as well as with many other students from my group trip. I am planning on maintaining these relationships in the hopes of staying connected in the people’s lives I care about, and to maintain a broad network of friends and colleagues all over the world.
Where and when would you go in a time machine? Why?
1970's; I love funky music, and I wouldn't let the US miss the boat again on jumpstarting their clean and green future.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite (dead or alive, fictional or non-fictional).
Elon Musk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Plato