Candidates

ESW ELECTION CANDIDATE RESPONSES

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Camilla Beltran, 2nd Year Nanoengineering

First Choice: Vice President of Community Affairs; Second Choice: None

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

I hope to improve my public speaking skills and form connections/meet with more people. Because VPCA has to speak at every GBM and pretty much every social, being VPCA would definitely be good practice for public speaking and presenting in front of large groups of people. I’m a shy person but I enjoy meeting new people and forming new connections. Alisha has told me that if she wasn’t Social Chair, she wouldn’t have met and talk to almost half the people she knows now. Since I am not a part of many organizations, I haven’t had the opportunity to meet that many people, so being Social Chair sounds like a great opportunity.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

Currently, I am on the Solar Light Team and on the Community Affairs Committee. Because of my motivation, and experience in the Committee Affairs Committee, I would be a good fit for VP Community Affairs Committee. I really like brainstorming possible events and seeing them through. I’m really excited by the idea of being able to come up with new events for ESW and would feel really proud if people had fun. I also have helped Alisha set up for some events, like the Gr8 Ball Tournament and GBMs. I know the responsibilities that come with this position and I am prepared to take them on.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

The only other org that I am a member of is KP and it has no time commitments. It’s a social org and I decide on my own if I feel like attending events or hanging out with members of my “family”. Academically, I am only taking four classes next quarter. I also don’t have a job. I don’t think balancing my time will be much of a problem.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

I would really like for there to be more hiking events, maybe one to Potato Chip (slogan: “Eat potato chips at Potato Chip with ESW”) and another at Three Sisters. A karaoke night would be a lot of fun too. Maybe GBM after socials, which can also be incorporated into the Mentee/mentor point system.


Amanda Cabreros, 2nd Year Chemical Engineering

First Choice: Director of Solar Projects; Second Choice: None

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

I want to be more involved in ESW, especially the projects. The ESW projects are truly inspiring to me, and it would mean a lot to me if I knew that I was contributing in the best way I can to make sure that each project were reaching its full potential. By being Director of Solar, I’m hoping to help each project on a more hands-on way and even gain leadership experience by making sure that each solar project is on top of their goals and their timeline.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

This is my second year being a member in ESW, and I have been and still am involved with two projects: Solar Light and Solex Batteries. I’ve recently become the project lead for Solar Light, and I’ve learned to really love helping the project along in a more interactive way. I get excited every day about the new opportunities that Solar Light is presented and every improvement we make as we progress. Going to the Solar Leads’ meetings every week has shown me that I can be similarly involved in the department but on an even deeper level. I see how involved Mikey is with every one of the solar projects, and I’m eager to apply what I’ve learned from both projects and as a project lead to help the projects. I’m already excited about every small improvement of the projects in the Solar department, regardless of my position in it.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

Starting next quarter, I will be graced with the privilege of only being enrolled in 12 units per quarter for the rest of my Undergraduate experience. I’ve designed this in anticipation for my more difficult upper division courses and upcoming commitments. One such commitment is being a research assistant in a lab on campus. I work for Professor Meng’s Laboratory for Energy Storage and Conversion, where I fabricate and characterize perovskite solar cells. I had trouble in the beginning of the school year balancing work, academics, and projects, but I’ve since then learned to manage my time well and put maximum efforts in all three priorities.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

ESW is a growing organization at UCSD, and it’s already doing so well in recruiting new members and creating new projects for students to be involved in. What I want to help improve is the productivity of the projects. ESW does a fantastic job of mixing the social aspect of the club with the goals of getting work done. However, learning from Solar Light, I’ve discovered that much of projects’ potential can be held back because of administrative setbacks. I want to work closely with a wider range of projects to reduce this delay in projects’ timeline, which will hopefully move ESW forward on an even better schedule.


David Collin, 1st Year Structural Engineering

First Choice: Research and Development Lead; Second Choice: None

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

I am hoping to gain leadership experience in the sustainability and engineering fields. I seek to be more exposed to projects in the sustainability fields. I want to help individuals realize their project ideas to create more innovative ESW projects.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience.

I have been involved in ESW ever since I have stepped foot on campus as a freshman this fall quarter. I have been a member of the Finance Committee for the fall and winter quarter of this year and plan to continue throughout next year. I was a member of the Research and Development Team this winter and thus am fully aware what the R&D Lead position entails.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

My commitments are very manageable. In the next year, I will be taking the required Structural Engineering and GE classes and I’m part of IDEA scholar and JUMP program. I currently have no work commitments. Therefore, due to the level of these commitments, I definitely will have enough time to focus on the R&D Lead position.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

Outreach for environmental engineering and implementing sustainability within all the engineering fields is absolutely necessary to expand the amount of efforts and involvement in engineering a sustainable world. I am aware that other engineering organizations such as SCSE and BMES already promote their respective fields and I believe that ESW should put more effort toward that.


Samantha Fong, 2nd Year Environmental Engineering

First Choice: Vice President of Project Management; Second Choice: Director of Water and Energy Projects

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

Through this position, I hope to replicate what ESW has given me to others. My involvement in ESW projects and socials, has helped me gain multiple skills and connected with numerous people. It all would not have been possible without ESW’s awesome leads. As a leader, I hope to offer these same things to other members.
In this position, I also hope to gain more skills in how to be an effective leader and how to efficiently manage teams. I believe these are important skills to have in life, inside the engineering field and out of it.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

Over the past 2 years, I’ve been in multiple aspects of ESW. During my first year, I joined two project teams, What’s Rong? and Solex Batteries. Both projects were within Water and Energy. When I first joined these projects, What’s Rong was in the ending stages and Solex Batteries was at the very beginning. This has given me experience in project timelines from both the perspective of finishing up and just starting. Through these projects, I have learned how to work in various team dynamics and with different people.
Starting in Spring Quarter of 2017, I became the project lead for Solex Batteries and the Cabinet Secretary. As a project lead, I navigated how to receive a lab space and lab advisor, how to gain funding, and how to teach my members relevant technical skills. Additionally as secretary, I assisted in planning ESW events and learned about how each of the vice president positions contribute to the organization. Being involved in ESW Board of Directors and ESW Cabinet has given me an understanding of how each branch of leadership works, and more importantly how the two branches fit together. This unique opportunity to work with both branches at the same time, gives me a deeper understanding of the Vice President of Project Management’s place in each group. It has also provided me a firmer grasp on the specific duties between ESW leaders.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

During the Spring Quarter 2018 to Winter Quarter 2019 term, I will be taking a full course load of four classes a quarter. I will also be involved as a student coordinator in JUMP (Jacob’s Undergraduate Mentoring Program) and participating in the North Torrey Pines Project. Although this may sound like a heavy commitment, these are things I am currently balancing along with my multiple ESW commitments, so I already know I can handle them. It is also important to note that the listed extracurriculars above are rather short time commitments, taking up only about two hours of my time a week, leaving me with enough time for an ESW position.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

In the upcoming year, I hope that ESW continues to engage its current members, and that the organization can grow and expand. I believe that direct feedback from the organization’s member base is essential. ESW should be working to provide services that the club’s members want and should help members reach their goals within the org. Additionally, I believe that ESW can further its involvements with other organizations. By collaborating with other sustainability and engineering oriented organizations on campus, ESW can provide more to its members and to the UCSD community.


Tanner Hanson, 2nd Year Environmental Engineering

First Choice: Director of Water and Energy Projects; Second Choice: Vice President of Finance

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

By serving as either the Vice President of Finance or the Director of Water and Energy, I am hoping to get more involved with ESW as a whole. I hope to not only further develop my own leadership abilities from where they currently lie, but also to implement new procedures and policies which will make ESW a more efficient and versatile organization that is better known throughout UCSD.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

I have been involved in ESW since Fall Quarter 2017 when I joined the Green Fuel Cell project under the department of water and energy. I would be an ideal candidate for the Vice President of Finance position due to the fact that I have served as treasurer in other organizations in the past and have had experience managing those accounts. While serving as treasurer previously, I developed budgets, submitted deposits, and handled reimbursements. Further, I have experience working with fundraising as well; believing in quality over quantity when it comes to fundraising events. I have discussed the position’s duties and requirements with the incumbent VP of Finance, Dave Lightfoot, and believe that I am a strong candidate for the position.
On the other hand, I would be an ideal candidate for the Director of Water and Energy position because of my experience working with other engineering organizations prior to joining ESW. While working with the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, the Triton Rocket Club, and now ESW, I observed a variety of factors which affected both the level of success which projects enjoyed and the amount of satisfaction which members experienced. Further, I gained experience coaching junior leaders in leadership methods and techniques while in AFJROTC which I believe is another extremely useful skill for this position.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

Like most students, I intend to take 16 units worth of courses from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018. In addition to my involvement in ESW, I am also involved with UCSD’s Ham Radio club. I do not believe that these commitments will impede my ability to serve as a cabinet member for the upcoming term. If these commitments begin to interfere, I will just manage my time better.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

I would like to see ESW become more well known among UCSD students and faculty in the upcoming year. I believe that it would be a good idea to introduce recruitment incentives to existing ESW members that recruit new members. I would like to see ESW work on more innovative projects and truly challenge the status quo when it comes to the energy field by working extensively with the research and development team to bring more of these pioneering projects to the table.


Jenny Hong, 4th Year Physics

First Choice: Director of Resource Management Projects; Second Choice: Director of Water and Energy Projects

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

I’d like to guide the current leaders of each respective branch of projects in obtaining the resources, skills, advising, etc. they may need in order to optimize the progress of their projects. In doing so, I would like to gain experience organizing collaborations, learning new skills, and networking, and thus opening up opportunities for the rest of ESW’s projects and members.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

For the past year and a half, I have been lead of Project Lotus. As a result of being project lead for a resource management project, I have been attending the weekly meetings and I understand how they serve as a liaison between the cabinet and the rest of the project leads in order to relay important information and get feedback. I have been familiarized with the duties of the director over the past year, and I have confidence that I can carry them out.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

I still plan on being a member of Project Lotus for the next year, which I believe will still be meeting twice a week for 1-2 hours per meeting. I am planning on doing volunteer work or getting a student job at SIO in the next couple of months, and I have no doubt that these will drain a lot of time and energy. I have already started giving up some time commitments to prepare for upcoming responsibilities, such as taking less hours at my part-time job, utilizing my time between classes more usefully, and exercising more regularly to keep me less lethargic throughout the day. It has already made a big difference to my quarter, and it leaves me confident that I can handle the workload that my position will entail.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

One thing that I noticed about ESW that I really wanted to change is that I’d like us to reach out to other chapters more often. After attending ESW Nationals last year in Austin, I was very pleased to hear about other chapters and what ideas they have for projects, fundraising, and socials and I thought it was a shame that we only seem to come together once a year. I was hoping to have inter-chapter relations with some of the SoCal chapters and making connections with them.


Dave Lightfoot, 3rd Year Human Biology

First Choice: Chapter President; Second Choice: None

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

As Chapter President, I hope to continue to grow on a personal and professional level, to advance my leadership skills and become better at public speaking, and to expand my overall involvement with ESW–an organization that betters the lives of its members and community, and that has given me countless opportunities to grow and learn, for which I am truly grateful for. Like the previous Chapter Presidents before me, I hope to leave a positive and long-lasting legacy that will enable ESW-UCSD to flourish for many years to come.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

I joined ESW two years ago in the Fall of 2016. Since then I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the finance committee, Solar-Powered Car project, and executive cabinet as Vice President of Finance. I would be an ideal candidate for the position of Chapter President due to my overall involvement with ESW and experience in leadership roles that I have had.

As a member of the finance committee, I was exposed to the business and financial side of ESW. The committee provided me with numerous opportunities to learn more about the various aspects of what goes into funding ESW and its projects (i.e., fundraising/sponsorships, business models/proposals, and grants/scholarships) and allowed me to develop the necessary soft and hard skills to handle the position of Vice President of Finance.

As VP Finance, I handled the funds and expenses of the organization, advised the executive cabinet regarding the budget, and organized several fundraising efforts to raise money for the organization.

As a member of the business, Indiegogo, and operations teams for the Solar-Powered Car project, I contacted potential sponsors regarding donations and sponsorships to generate funding to be used in the creation and development of the solar car, and presented at the 2017 ESW Annual Conference at the University of Texas, Austin. Currently, I am in the process of organizing a fundraising event to raise money for the project to compete at Carrera Solar Atacama–the first solar car race of Latin America.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

Aside from being a part of ESW, I am also a Sixth College CoBoard member and a Returning Orientation Leader (tentative). Next year, I will be taking roughly 12-16 units per quarter. I plan on balancing being an executive cabinet member along with these commitments by keeping myself organized, managing my time well, and planning ahead.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

I would like to see ESW to continue the expansion of its member base, which can be achieved by tapping into students majoring in Bioengineering, Computer Science, and Math/CS through the creation of projects involving automation, real-time data, microgrids, etc. I would also like to start more small-scale projects that can be completed within a shorter time-frame so that more students can get involved and be a part of a project. I know that the ideal way to accommodate this expansion is by increasing our financial totals and strategic partnerships with environmentally conscious companies/businesses, and adding a fourth director position to help oversee these projects.

I would also like to improve ESW’s involvement on campus, and make our organization more recognized in the community by having more outreach events at local elementary/middle/high schools, and continuing to collaborate and co-host events with other organizations. I would like to have more professors, alumni, and company representatives to come in and speak at our GBM’s to share their research and provide insight into their respective fields.

Furthermore, I want to help our members find their passion in ESW. And while one of our chapter’s main goals is to expand our member base, keeping students involved as dedicated members is just as important. I believe it all starts with connecting to members. By connecting to students at GBMs and through our mentor-mentee program, we will not only ensure increased attendance and involvement at workshops, socials, and other events, but a stronger chapter overall.


Dan Nguyen, 2nd Year Computer Science

First Choice: Vice President of Public Relations; Second Choice: None

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

I hope to grow as a person and be more at ease expanding beyond my comfort zone. I also hope to get to know more members of ESW and where they come from/why they wanted to join

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

I’m a member of two projects- Bottles to Models and Solar Car. I am a good fit for the position of VP of Public Relations because I am also a member of the Public Relations committee

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

My commitments for the year as of now include my ESW projects and my last year of classes, as well as exploring my future career options. I am already heavily committed to ESW and I’m planning to continue to be so!

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

I’d like to see more new members committing to ESW and watch the family grow. I’d also like to see more opportunities for community bonding making members feel involved


Elaine Silverman, 2nd Year Mechanical Engineering

First Choice: Chapter President; Second Choice: Vice President of Project Management

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

ESW has opened a lot of doors for me and I’ve met some of the most dedicated, passionate, and inspiring people around. As either the Chapter President or the VP of Project Management, I hope to continue to grow as a leader and be able to put my time and effort into the organization that has been such a defining part of my college experience. I’ve found something I’m truly passionate about and am excited for the opportunity to continue as a member of ESW’s leadership as we continue to grow and develop.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

I joined ESW the fall of my freshman year as a member of the Community Affairs Committee. That Winter, I joined the Lotus project, and I continue to be a member of both. This time last year, I decided to run for the Director of Resource Management. Being part of ESW’s Board of Directors has been an incredible experience – I’ve learned a lot about myself as a leader and about how ESW runs behind the scenes.
President: I am truly passionate about ESW’s mission and vision and it would be a privilege to lead our chapter for the coming year. I’ve been involved in all aspects of ESW including committees, projects, mentor/mentee, volunteering, and leadership, which makes me an ideal candidate to oversee the organization. Because cabinet and board handle so many different things at once, I think I have the combination of organizational skills and the ability to delegate and prioritize that a President needs.
VP of Project Management: Having served as one of the Project Directors for the past year, I think I am in an ideal position to be the VP of of Project Management. I’ve seen how Board operates and would love the opportunity to oversee it for the next year. I like to organize and plan things, making project management something that comes rather naturally to me. I’ve also been involved in projects through the Global TIES program, and there are organizational aspects of that program that I think ESW’s projects could benefit from.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

Academically, I will continue to be enrolled as a full time student. I work 10-15 hours a week at a lab in SIO and am part of the club gymnastics team. I know how much time being a cabinet member can take, and I’m ready to take on that commitment for the next year. I’ve always liked being busy, and it’s shaped me into an extremely organized person. I take all of my commitments seriously and plan to balance them all, keeping track of everything through Google Calendar and checklists. If it comes down to it, I am willing to reduce the number of hours a week I work or practice if I find that I have taken on too much.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

It’s a very exciting time for our chapter as there are more projects and members than ever before, and even more people interested in joining. The next year will be very important in maintaining the quality of projects and organization as our numbers continue to grow. I want to start 2-3 new, shorter, projects aimed at 1st and 2nd years that will give them the hands on project experience they desire without adding any more complex, long-term projects to our chapter. Second, I would like to re-organize the 3 project categories for the next election so that there are 4 project directors and the categories group more similar projects together. Third, I want to re-vamp the the mentor/mentee program to include “families” that would mainly be based around people’s majors and would provide an immense amount of advice and support to the younger members. Given the trajectory of ESW’s growth thus far, the interest is there for ESW to continue to grow. The key is to maintain quality projects and retain our members as we gain new ones. I think these ideas will help ESW to adapt and thrive during the coming year.


Giovanni Tamacas, 1st Year Electrical Engineering

First Choice: Vice President of Public Relations; Second Choice: None

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

Learning how to become a great marketer for the scientific community, its achievements, and ESW.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

Full-time member, PR committee member, and Research and Development Member

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

Engineering classes, math classes and MMW. I plan to make this position a top priority.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

Many more outreach events in different colleges, areas on campus, and high schools encouraging students to take action in regard to climate change and to pursue scientific inquiry whether they are an engineer or not.


Victoria Thai, 2nd Year Environmental Engineering

First Choice: Director of Water and Energy; Second Choice: Director of Resource Management

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

As Director, I hope to enhance my leadership skills and be a part of a team that’s working for engineering and sustainability. ESW has been a passion for me ever since I joined as a Freshman. Although I have had experience as a leader as VP Information Management, I still want to improve my ways to teaching and guiding others. I hope to strengthen ESW as much as I can through the projects and members. I will put in the effort to help each project lead in order for their project to reach its fullest potential. I’ve spent already half of my college experience in ESW and I hope to continue being a part of ESW as Director.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

I joined ESW the first quarter of my freshman year. I was able to join Finance Committee and also be part of CommUnity Garden. I am currently the Vice President of Information Management and an active member in Green Fuel Cell, which is a project under Water & Energy. As VP of Information Management, I’ve learned the ins and outs of how ESW is run and the goals of ESW. The original VPIM position did little in comparison with other VPs. As VPIM, I was able to do more by being in charge of a committee who has been able to expand ESW’s presence professionally and on campus, through an Alumni Network and through advertising for ESW events. We’ve enhanced our social media presence and have gotten more people interested in ESW events. It has been a privilege to be in charge of an active and passionate team of individuals who want to foster the growth ESW. I hope to be able to do this as Director with the projects. My leadership experience as VPIM will transfer over as Director, in order to push project leads to progress in their projects.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

I have the privilege of being a lab assistant in Scripps and a member of Green Fuel Cell. For the 2017-2018 year, I have been able to balance my work experience with being VP Info Management of ESW, along with being in Green Fuel Cell. I usually don’t procrastinate and always try to manage my time efficiently.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

As Director, I would like have more Interview/Resume and technical workshops for ESW members in order to enhance skills for ESW members’ resumes. These technical workshops will provide the basics to excel in AutoCAD, Inventor, Arduino, or other engineering programs. I believe these workshops can be very useful, especially for freshman or transfers, to become more experienced with hands-on engineering skills. The past year was lacking in these workshops and I hope to change this as Director. I also want to provide project leads with guidelines to further their project goals. I’ve seen a couple of projects that do not progress or lack the good leadership to get the team excited and motivated to spend time doing the project. I believe I have the resources to help the project leads progress their project. From my experience as VPIM and my experience as a project member in Green Fuel Cell, I understand how to be a good leader and what a project member wants when they join a project. I hope to push the project leads to progress their project and lead them to their goals alongside their team.


Francisco Valdez, 2nd Year Environmental Engineering

First Choice: Vice President of Information Management; Second Choice: Resource Management

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?

I am hoping to make gain valuable experience in the field I am given the privilege of looking over. I also hope to connect with all other members of the ESW board and cabinet and work together to create an community where we are all able to help one another regardless of our main responsibilities.

What is your level involvement in ESW up to this point and why would you be ideal for the position in which you are interested? Please list any relevant experience. 

I began my membership this quarter and am a member of the Information Management committee under the supervision of our current Info. Management President Victoria Thai. I am responsible for the Monthly Updates and have created the Banner/Flyer for the Pie-The-Leaders event.

ESW Executive Cabinet Positions are year-long commitments and fairly demanding. List your academic, extra-curricular, and work commitments for the period from Spring Quarter 2017 through Winter Quarter 2018 and how you plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments.

I have no outside commitments. I am fully capable of balancing my academic obligations with the responsibilities required of me by Engineers for a Sustainable World.

How would you like to see ESW grow in the upcoming year? What are some new, fresh ideas that you can bring to the table?

I am currently looking through ways of bringing about greater awareness of our organization. I have started created “flyers” for our Monthly Updates to make it easier for prospective members to see our accomplishments and easily spread the word of our org. I also hope to work with other Cabinet and Board members in arranging events with outside campuses in the K-12 districts. Additionally, I hope to use my connections to bring about guests from prominent institutions. Depending on the role assigned to me, I wish to accomplish a set amount of goals.

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