My name is Rui Zhong. I'm from Michigan. I go to the University of Michigan where I am a Bachelors in Business Administration candidate.
What got you interested in sustainability?
For me, the increasingly weird weather (think Hurricane Sandy) really hit home about how fast the world is changing. With this, I got involved on campus such as being a planet blue ambassador, helping out with Recyclemania events in my building and joining the club, Students for Clean Energy.
What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?
The energy revolution that we are already seeing! I think renewables will take over very soon especially as solar and wind achieve grid parity on a widespread scale. It'll also be interesting to see how electrical cars develop, especially if they can give electricity back to the grid at peak times.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
I'm currently interning so that's taking up most of my time but on the back of my mind, I am hoping to move along with developing a handwriting kit that can be reused - effectively saving paper.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I hope to go into consulting or investment banking, specializing in the energy sector, and then move into an international company where I can utilize the skills I learn to take action. There, I seek to make a tangible effect on improving sustainability practices.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
I wanted to learn more about sustainability, especially because I'm don't major in a directly-related major. Most importantly, I want to meet new people who share a similar interest!
What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?
My family lives in the suburbs but I've probably lived there for a total of a month since moving there because I'm always at college or out and about so I'm not really sure what I count as but I guess I'm looking forward to doing an architecture boat tour. For new tourists, I recommend going up Willis tower.
Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I love all animals. I once stayed in a cat hotel for 3 days and it was amazing because the 6 cats were too scared to leave the lobby so they would always sit by the door and welcome us home.