I’m a coffee-drinker and hard worker, a math and science guy as well as an artist. I love listening to lectures and podcasts by people like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and Michio Kaku. Other people who inspire me are awesome t-shirt artists like Dan Mumford, Coki Greenway, Jeff Finley and Steve Knerem. I’m happiest when I’m drawing in Photoshop with my Wacom tablet, and a podcast is playing in the background. I also have a bit of an obsession with aquariums, and am currently keeping cherry shrimp.
Campus and Community Involvement
I am a mentor in the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES), a member of the Honors Engineering Program (HEP) as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In addition to these I am the president and founder of Shark Club, which aims to be an agent for the conservation of all marine life, with special emphasis on sharks. Unbeknownst to most people, many species of sharks are actually nearing extinction, and I believe one of the reasons God put me on this earth is to do something about it. My hope is that by improving the public image of sharks as well as raising money for organizations like Shark Savers, we can make some kind of noticeable impact on the tragic decline their populations have undergone in recent decades.
In my free time I enjoy designing t-shirts, and I've started a small clothing brand called Ocean’s Calling Apparel to celebrate the ocean as well as contribute to its conservation. About a year ago I designed the “End Finning” tee to spread awareness of shark finning, a serious problem that's led to the decline of many major shark species by over 90%. I'm donating 10% of the profit made off of this shirt to Shark Savers.
Awards and Honors
I’ve made the dean’s list in both of my semesters here so far. Furthermore, in high school I maintained my status in the A Honor Roll for all four of my years there, and was a member of the National Honor Society. I was also named a National Merit Commended Scholar for achieving the highest PSAT score in my grade level during my junior year.
I took 3 years of Spanish in high school, and if my engineering course load allows it, I’d like to take Spanish at some point in college. I want to take advantage of my knowledge of this language by studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking country such as Spain or Costa Rica. My hope is that the immersion I’ll experience there will help me eventually become fluent in the language—a life goal of mine.
I’m open to research in any area that will make me a more capable engineer. In particular, however, I’ve found I am particularly interested in machinery and industrial design.
I may get a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or something else technology-related. In the end though, what matters most is that I’m happy and have a well-paying job that I enjoy going to every day. And hopefully I’ll always be designing t-shirts on the side.