My name is Alex Meyer. I'm from Batavia, IL. I go to the Illinois Institute of Technology where I am a B.S./M.S. Chemical Engineering candidate.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
Ensuring everyone in the world has access to the energy needed to live comfortable and healthy lives without compromising our climate. I believe this will be especially important as less wealthy areas of the world continue to grow economically and require access to necessities like electricity and transportation.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
My projects at my internship at the moment are focused on food safety more than energy or environmental issues, although this past semester I was involved in an energy audit of a campus building with a new student organization. That project will save the school many thousands of dollars worth of energy each year, and I'm hoping to continue that work into the following school year.
What are your plans for the next five years?
3. To get admitted and complete grad school, decide if I want to pursue a career in industry or in academia, and figure out which area of sustainability I can contribute to most.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
I wanted to meet and learn from the people at the forefront of sustainability initiatives within my home city. I also saw SISE as a great opportunity to meet and talk with people from around the country about an issue that's very important to me.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
5. I have lived in Chicago for four years, but during these two weeks I'll be able to get an inside look at a lot of places I've never seen before, like Argonne and Boombox. The city still has a lot to offer!
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
Cats are funny little critters, but I'm also very allergic so I've never had one as a pet.