My name's Diego Rojas. I'm from Bolivia. I go to school at Northeastern University where I am a Masters in Energy Systems candidate.
What got you interested in sustainability?
While I was traveling around my country I saw so many beautiful landscapes and amazing animals, but then I learned that the next year those beautiful lands were gonna be replaced for a huge dam. It was then that I knew I wanted to protect the world, and being an engineer I knew I had the right tools to make a change. I am passionate about renewable energies and electric cars, I am sure these topics will shape the world in a different way pretty soon.
What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?
Energy and transportation. Being from a developing country, I know the transportation issues many of our countries face and I know there is big opportunity of addressing them from a sustainable point of view. Electric and driverless cars plus clean energy generation is the magic triangle I believe can help develop our countries and at the same time preserve our world.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
I just finished a one year project on communicating Lithium-Ion batteries to the internet as part of a Certificate Degree Program on Engineering Leadership. I am currently working on a managing system for cars running on natural gas, as I believe natural gas is a cheap and cleaner option to gasoline or diesel.
What are your plans for the next five years?
After finishing my masters, I am planning on applying to a job on an electric cars company. I would like to work for a couple of years in the U.S. or another developed country and then be the liaison between these big electric cars companies and developing countries. I see myself helping on solving transportation issues in my country and South America.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
The world needs intelligent people but also leaders who make things happen, this program is the perfect combination of both worlds; Technical challenges and guest speakers will make us train our brains while visits and challenges will bring us together to work and learn from each other.
What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?
I've seen so many beautiful pictures from Chicago and I am curious about what makes it so unique that so many people want to live there, there must be something special that makes it the third most populated city in the U.S.
Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
Does Catwoman counts?