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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I am currently the Living Systems and Waste Student Subteam Lead for the University of Maryland's Solar Decathlon 2017 Team. I am also a member of the American Ecological Engineering Society and am Secretary for the University of Maryland's Student chapter of this organization. I am also an Ag Ambassador, helping the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources talk to prospective students and families. Every Spring I have participated in Terp Thon, an event where you raise money for Children's National Medical Center.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
My time at University of Maryland has been something I have never had any second thoughts about. There’s the potential to meet many people, join organizations of any kind, and make valuable networking connections all while getting an amazing education. I have had an amazing time here and I couldn't see myself pursuing my undergraduate degree anywhere else. All my experiences at UMD have shaped me into the person I am today, and has given me many potential paths to follow in the future.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
My major is Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Ecological Technology Design. I have a minor in Geographic Information Science. I am currently a Junior and plan on graduating in Spring of 2017.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Annapolis, Maryland.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
This semester I took ENST 499Q Special Topics: Biosphere 2 and Ecological Design in the Desert Southwest. We went to Arizona for Spring Break and saw examples of how throughout time, humans have utilized ecological design and local ecology to meet their needs. We stayed at Arcosanti and at Biosphere 2. Arcosanti is a working example of a uniquely designed urban city that minimizes use of cars, focuses on community and sustainability, and it utilizes an interesting archetecture style called Arcology (combination of Architectuer and Ecology). The second place we went to was Biosphere 2. Here we collected microclomate data from inside each of the biomes, helped record leaf data for a mangrove leaf decomposition study, collected algae from the Biosphere 2 ocean, and built an Algal Turf Scrubber System to remoce nutrients from the mangrove system.