My name is Julia. I’m from Pennsylvania. I’m a recent graduate of Dickinson College where I received a BS candidate in Math and Physics.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
I think it is really important that we work to make current renewable energy technology more accessible. There are so many different ways to harness renewable resources -- sunlight alone can be used to power devices, heat spaces, or warm water. If we can make this technology more affordable, it will be easier to implement it in our communities. The sooner we can move away from fossil fuels, the better.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
Right now I’m writing up my senior research project on developing a new solar air heater that simultaneously optimizes cost effectiveness and solar to thermal energy conversion efficiency. Over the past few months I have worked with my advisor to design, build, and test what we refer to as the "radically different solar air heater." It has been really fun to take the lead on a research project and see it through from start to finish.
What are your plans for the next five years?
This fall I will be starting an Engineering PhD program at Dartmouth where I will be working with a new professor to conduct research on solar cells.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
I applied to SISE because it combined two of my passions. Much like everyone else, I’m quite interested in sustainability and energy, but I also really like getting involved in my community wherever I may be. SISE was the perfect opportunity for me to do two things I care about and be a part of something I’m sure I will truly enjoy.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
I’m really looking forward to being in the Midwest for the first time. Walking around Chicago and seeing the bean are definitely things I want to do, but getting some deep dish pizza has to be at the top of the list.
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I have been and always will be a dog person, but (if my dog is okay with it) I’m willing to learn more about cats.