What is your previous work experience?
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin - where I was heavily involved in the ongoing effort to obtain a zero-waste campus and a campaign advocating to reduce methane emissions on University Lands - I worked as a civil engineer at a civil engineering and surveying consulting firm in Georgetown, Texas. There, I assisted in designing the expansion of a wastewater treatment plant by verifying successful pump operations, analyzing the structural stability of steel and concrete structures, and modeling hydraulic behavior in pipe networks. I also helped convey our design plans to the contractor via AutoCAD drafting, which includes drawing, dimensioning, and detailing proposed site plans.

Additionally, I helped facilitate other plant development by completing Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) permit applications for new and existing water treatment plant sites.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
Other than the amazing funding, I chose the Nicholas School because of the class offerings and people. The Nicholas School offers the most compelling courses out of all other programs I was considering for my graduate degree: Climate and Society, Changing Atmosphere, International Environmental Law, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, Water-Energy Nexus...and many other courses that I am very excited about and know I will enjoy.

When I visited the Nicholas School for Admitted Students Visitation Weekend, I had not decided on a graduate program yet. But after meeting the professors, faculty, staff, and other potential students, it was a straightforward decision. Everyone I met was exceptionally kind and respectful.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I chose to specialize in Energy & Environment to continue learning on the science and engineering side of things of environmental matters, while supplementing those studies with policy, economics, and technology. My interests are broad, varying from environmental justice to international environmental politics to climate change science. My goal is to combine these interests, as they all are deeply related.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
Multidisciplinary study. I look forward to being able to study policy, economics and technology, as well as science and engineering. In undergrad, my civil engineering degree was relatively rigid, so I am beyond excited to be able to cross disciplines and learn about the many topics I am interested in.

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?

After studying Environmental Management at Duke, I want to work with a non-profit organization that uses scientific research to advocate for environmental action, influencing policy choices in government and other public and private entities. My long-term goal is to become involved in international environmental affairs, as in the Science or Policy and Programme Divisions at the United Nations Environment Programme. My dream is to enact environmental policies that incorporate scientific, economic and methodological evaluation with a fundamental consideration of global human impact.

 

Career interests

International environmental policy, Renewable energy, efficiency & storage, Environmental policy analyst, Corporate responsibility, Environmental & social justice

Other experience

environmental non-profit campaigning; environmental science/engineering calculations; environmental engineering