Where are you from and why did you choose Georgia Tech?
I’m from Kennesaw, Georgia. I chose Georgia Tech because of it’s the top engineering school in the state. I fell in love with the campus when I visited with my high school robotics team. I love that it lies in Atlanta, but campus doesn’t feel like the city; it’s the best of both worlds!
Why did you choose your major?
I first applied to Tech as a Chemical Engineering major with the intention of working on alternative fuels. I loved chemistry in high school. I also worked on numerous environmental efforts in school and my community such as roadway cleanups, river cleanups, and school-wide paper recycling. During my last semester in high school, I learned about Environmental Engineering and knew that it would be the perfect blend of chemistry, biology, and public service for me. I switched within my first few weeks and am so happy I did.
What are you working on?
My favorite student club that I am a part of is the Association of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. It is a professional organization for environmental engineers of both undergrads and graduates designed to connect with faculty, industry sponsors, and each other. I am currently co-chairing our largest event of the year, Spring Symposium, where we showcase current research, our industry sponsors, a guest speaker, and outstanding faculty and students in the department. I have not only met great friends through this organization, I also met recruiters for an environmental consulting firm that I have now interned with for two terms and I love it!
I am currently working on a research project for the Georgia Department of Transportation under Dr. Susan Burns involving the treatment of highway stormwater runoff utilizing engineered filter media for pollutant removal through enhanced sorption. It is entirely different learning experience than the classroom. I have really enjoyed applying my coursework to real world applications!
What do you like best about GT?
After my first week at Georgia Tech, I felt like I was home. I love the mentality of the people here. I feel like there’s always someone who can truly appreciate the effort I’m putting into coursework, student organizations, or research with genuine interest in what I’m doing. There is always something to learn from engineering to cultures across the world and people are more than willing to teach you.
What do you hope to do in the future?
As I mentioned, I have interned with an environmental consulting firm twice and I absolutely loved it. I love the fast paced and dynamic environmental that engineering provides and I hope to continue this work after I graduate. I have passed my Fundamentals of Engineering exam, so I hope to work towards my Professional Engineering license after I graduate from my Masters program in 2014.