Why I'm minoring in Urban Studies: Cities are not only exciting and interesting - they are incredibly important for the future of this planet. As the world continues to urbanize, we need to ensure that our cities are designed sustainably (both environmentally and socially) and governed well so that they may flourish culturally and economically. I hope to bring my technical background to issues of transportation, energy, and infrastructure in cities, both in the United States and abroad.
What I like best about Urban Studies: In my experience, Urban Studies classes at Stanford foster a fantastic environment for discussion, innovation, and personal growth. Professors and students alike are all so engaged, thoughtful, and open-minded, it's clear that this community shares a passion for making our cities better for all.
Favorite class / professor (and why): Urban Studies 113: Introduction to Urban Design, taught by Dehan "Danno" Glanz. Danno is an expert in his field as well as a passionate and creative teacher who cares about urban issues and his students' success. Lectures, group projects, and field trips were all fun and educational, and the final design project of a San Francisco neighborhood remains probably the most fun project I've ever worked on at Stanford.
Favorite book (and why): My favorite fiction book is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I feel that this book gives a beautiful perspective into one family's struggle to survive and build a better future while also illuminating the fundamental injustice of our economic system and the power of collective action.
Career goal / Future plans: I hope to work in fields where I can combine my engineering skills and scientific background to urban issues, especially those that have the greatest environmental implications, such as clean transportation, energy efficiency and generation, and urban resilience. After graduating from Stanford this summer, I will be working at the International Council for Clean Transportation researching how city, state, and federal governments can encourage electric vehicles to reduce vehicle emissions.
Other academic interests (major, minors): Engineering Physics, concentration in Renewable energy
Extracurriculars: Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band, trombone section, Alternative Spring Break
Something else you should know about me: I'm a huge lover of maps of all kinds, including subway maps, historical maps, and Google Earth. Despite this, I have a terrible sense of direction. While I try to be easy-going, I admit to being a dedicated coffee snob, and I practice my brewing skills every day.