How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to engineer technology to create a more efficient and sustainable world.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
The key quality that my resume leaves out; my innovation, creativity and dedication. These I believe, are essential traits that can't be taught in an engineering classroom. My background as an engineer started from a young age. Growing up on a farm near Superior, Nebraska has taught me to embrace hard work and the fundamentals of innovation. Every since I can remember I've been conducting science experiments and working with my hands. That love for exploration and craftsmanship has stuck with me every since. Beyond my engineering experience, I am involved with music and entrepreneurship. I own a small LLC entitled Bow Ty Audio. My work consists of advertising, managing assets, working with technology and performing at events. I have been DJ-ing for around seven year now. These years has given me immeasurable experience in how a business should be managed and how to effectively communicate with clientele. I try to enrich my life with these activities to learn and understand the world from other perspectives. I hone my creativity and happiness this way. Finally, in order to solve new problems, such as adverse environmental issues, creative engineering is necessary. Art and Engineering go hand in hand when creating ascetic and innovative design. This is where my passion lies, it is my purpose as an engineer to make the world a better place.
Describe your dream job or career.
A dream job for me would consist of developing technology to create a sustainable world. Beyond that the I envision a hands-on career with with freedom to travel and meet interesting people. Hard work and long hours do not frighten me, but a mundane 9 to 5 does. I need an environment that promotes precision, creativity and social wellness.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
Green Program • Attend renewable energy classes at Reykjavik University • Tour geothermal and hydroelectric power plants • Presented capstone project. Topic: storing kinetic energy via flywheels Launch Volunteer Staff • Organize a summer workshop to empower 300+ youth with leadership • Contact Nebraska high school student councils to consolidate events • Manage online staff meetings and general technology Bow Ty Audio, LLC • Take personal and financial risks to create a successful small business • Communicate with engaged couples and high school administrations to organize events • Develop interpersonal communication and public speaking skills
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
During my freshman year of college I was granted to opportunity to tour several industries in southern California. Among the places I toured; JPL, SpaceX, many more. Touring these facilities and talking with some brilliant engineers sparked my interests in engineering at a critical time in my life.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
One take-away from the GREEN Program was touring the Icelandic power plants; specifically a large hydroelectric dam. I was amazed the size of the turbine and the volumetric flow of the water. While that tour was eyeopening, the biggest take-away from the trip has to be the memories shared with my peers. Seeing the northern lights on the last night of the program will be a memory I cherish for the rest of my life.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our capstone project involved exploring the use of kinetic flywheel as means to store electrical energy. The theory behind this idea is that a nearly frictionless flywheel is spun and then undisturbed until power is needed. An electric generator is then coupled to the flywheel to convert kinetic energy into electrical energy. If these flywheels were paired with wind turbines, electricity could be stored when electrical demand is low and then utilized during peak hours.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
I will advance my personal goals through the knowledge, experience and connections created in Iceland. Meeting people and touring facilities has helped me understand science, engineering, and environmental issues through other perspectives. Seeing problems from various points of view is an ability I have picked up on.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite (dead or alive, fictional or non-fictional).
My Grandma, Tesla, and Elon Musk. I don't know how Elon Musk and my grandma would get along, but I'd like to talk to both of them.