"My dream job would be to travel the world teaching the general public about chemistry, and more generally, science and technology on the whole. I love to teach, and think to be a well respected spokesperson for science would be amazing."
What topic(s) related to sustainable development are you most passionate about?
I’m most interested in developing technologies that either replace less sustainable existing ones, or are entirely new ways to benefit the planet. I think that upon graduation and conducting research of my own I will be able to at the very least play a small role in developing new sustainable technologies.
How has GREEN play a role in shaping your professional endeavors?
GREEN has arguably played the largest role in shaping my professional goals. After my program, I realized I wanted to pursue chemistry research that aspires to further develop sustainable technologies. Additionally, experiencing international educational programs provoked me to study abroad in Singapore, as well as take an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in Europe.
Why do you believe that you are the next-generation pioneer of your industry?
I think that it ultimately comes down to interest. I love learning about chemistry, and will devote enormous amounts of time and energy into learning what is already known and discovering what is not.
Tell us about your Capstone Project experience and initiative.
My Capstone Project involved optimizing an old technology that involved making refrigerators from nothing more than mud, sticks, and a few organic products. My group and I thought of the idea and just ran with it, making the process all the more enjoyable.
What does #onlyontheGREENprogram mean to you?
A great many things, above all else it means being productive while spending time and making memories with now lifetime friends.
What is your best piece of advice that you would give to a student interested in sustainable development?
No matter what you’re interested in whether it politics, chemistry, or anything else, there is something you can use your skill set for that will make the world a more sustainable place.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN program experience?
The biggest take-away by far from my GREEN experience was that there are tons of intelligent, driven, and all around amazing people who are also committed to making a positive impact on the environment, and collaborating with people of a variety of backgrounds in necessary in solving the worlds current environment problems.