My name is Fehintola Sanusi. I'm from Nigeria. I go to Florida State University where I am a Masters in Civil Engineering candidate.
What got you interested in sustainability?
I was first introduced to sustainability by my Professor at the Florida State University. One of the courses offered in my first year of my graduate program is “Sustainable and Green Construction”. I got exposed to the building practices and other practices in the United States that involves sustainability and green construction. During the course of the study, I got familiar with other forms of sustainability which includes conservation of energy, building of self-powered sites, and renewable energy.
What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?
One area of energy that is very important to me is wind energy and wind turbines. Recently, I got inspired to review studies that have considered the use of wind turbines in hurricane prone areas. How this affect the turbine system and what are the resulting environmental impacts. That is how do these wind turbines behave when there is hurricane and the resulting environmental impacts.
Issues relating to mobility are very important, since human beings move from place to place daily. Mobility can have significant on the environment in different dimensions. Some of these areas include emissions and carbon footprint, the impacts from construction of the systems for mobility such as destabilizing the eco-system. However, one area that is very important to me is the environmental impacts due to the construction of the systems for mobility such as highway. It is very important that highway agencies should take into consideration of the carbon footprint as a results of highway construction and maintenance.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
I am currently carrying out a study to evaluate the impacts of driverless cars also known as autonomous vehicles on travel time and collision on highways. This study is focused on determining how different market shares of these driverless cars will affect the time it takes for vehicles to travel through construction work zones on freeways and what impacts these would have on rear-end collision.
What are your plans for the next five years?
In the next five years, I plan to have short term achievements that will lead to long term plans. First, I plan to join the league of professional engineers, become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Engineer, work with the US Department of Transportation under different jurisdictions. I also want to work to become an International Transportation Planner working closely with Federal Government Agencies to put in place transportation policies.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
I applied to SISE because it is focuses on sustainability and energy, this is a topic that is very vast and new technologies are evolving daily. It is hi time that any nation that wants to conserve its natural resources without depleting it for the future generations began to gear towards a sustainable environment. Majorly, one of the things that causes / calls for the depletion of these resources is the production of energy. Hence, sustainability and energy goes hand in hand.
I believe SISE will give me an opportunity to be exposed to the new technologies that are evolved over time, have the opportunity to interact with others from diverse backgrounds who share the same interests on sustainability and energy, create an avenue to network with policy makers in the next phase of transportation in the US.
What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?
Some of the sites I look forward to visiting are Millennium Park at East Randolph street and the Field Museum of Natural History.
Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I have not had an opportunity to live with cats. I am generally scared of animals