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ESW ELECTION CANDIDATE RESPONSES

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Annie Chen, 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

First Choice: Director of Solar; Second Choice: None

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

I’m hoping that by being on the Board of Directors, I will be able to gain the experience of being a leader. I think taking on a leadership role will really push me to go beyond my comfort zone and try something that I wouldn’t normally do. Being the Director of Solar Projects specifically would also be beneficial to me because I want to one day work in renewable energy, especially solar power, and this position would bring me one step closer to reaching that goal.

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 believe I have been actively involved with ESW up to this point in time because I am currently in the Committee Affairs Committee and I am also a member of the Fuel Cell Project team. I think I’m ideal for this position because I have a fair understanding of what the position entails and I’ve personally seen how much work is involved in being a leader of ESW. Therefore, I am mentally prepared for the work load that is required of me. I’ve held a job for 3 quarters, here on campus in the dining halls and know what it is like to balance school and work. Working in the dining halls has taught me how to time manage and especially how to prioritize tasks. I think it’s very important to know what’s the most important thing to be done and to allocate enough time to get it finished.

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.

Besides taking classes, being in Alpha Phi Omega, and being part of the Fuel Cell Project, I don’t have any other commitments for the Spring Quarter 2017 and do not anticipate more commitments through Winter Quarter 2018. To balance out these commitments along with being on Board, I anticipate a lot of prioritizing of tasks, which I do not think would be an issue for me. Since classes, the Fuel Cell Project, and being on Board all have set times and days of the week for meetings, I would just need to prioritize any Alpha Phi Omega tasks. This wouldn’t be a big issue, because the required events are very lenient and there are many events held throughout the quarter.

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 want to see ESW grow in its number of members as well as in people being involved on project teams. I’ve noticed that there are some people who are part of the project team, but don’t participate in any ESW activities and I would like to see more people come out to social events. To get more people involved, I think that adding a mentor group, rather than a mentor/mentee pairing would get more people involved. I understand that it can be very intimidating checking out orgs on campus, especially if you go to GBMs alone, and I think that putting new members into small groups would help ease their way into ESW. This way, they will for certain have a group of people they know, and a higher chance that at least one person from their group would show up. And since these are groups, I think that the mentor will most likely be more involved because it’s a larger responsibility and they chose to sign up for it.


Evan Mueller, 3rd Year Chemical Engineering

First Choice: Director of Water and Energy; Second Choice: Director of Solar

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

I am hoping to be able to give back to ESW for all of the great opportunities that they have provided me. I am hoping to learn more about the projects that are going on in ESW and help them with any needs that they may have to complete their 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 a part of ESW for the past 2 years and I instantly became a part of Green Fuel Cell, which at the time was just starting. I am currently a co lead for Green Fuel Cell, which is a project under water and energy. I would be a good fit for this position because I have been a part of a project for 2 years now and I have been the leader for this same project for a year. This has given me a lot of experience with funding and managing a team of people.

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 will be a part of a research lab, will also take a recreation class each quarter, and continue being a part of Green Fuel Cell. I plan to not procrastinate on my assignments as much. Also I plan to better manage my time throughout my time in this position, such as using a calendar to clearly mark deadlines of assignments.

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 help grow ESW by helping to facilitate the formation of new projects along with helping current projects get the resources they need. I would like to help create new events such as one to participate in the march for science in April, to increase our public outreach, or to create an event to make dye sensitized solar cells.


Zi (Mikey) Deng, 2nd Year Electrical Engineering

First Choice: Director of Solar; Second Choice: None

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

Joining ESW and being a part of it’s Cabinet was one of the best decisions of my life. I have gained so much from the experience and I feel incredibly proud of our organization for the things we do and the ideals we represent. As such, I want to continue contributing to ESW; after a year on Cabinet I want to experience and contribute to the Board of Directors so I can understand all facets of leadership within ESW. I hope to continue improving the UCSD chapter of ESW and gain more leadership skills and experience.

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 am currently the VP of Information Management of ESW and I am a member of the solar light project. I think I would do a good job as a Director because of my passion for sustainability and my knowledge of the Cabinet side of things. I also personally know most of the current Project Leaders for Solar and thus would feel very comfortable interacting and helping them. Particularly, with my experience and knowledge as VPIM I would be able to connect and contribute ideas to improve the organization if I am a Director on the Board of Directors.

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 will be a 3rd Year EE Major next year and I am currently part of Musician’s Club and Pepband. Regarding my extra-curriculars, I will always put ESW first because I am a leader of the organization. I have shown that I can balance these commitments while being VPIM and i believe I can continue to do so as a Director.

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 want there to be more support for projects that are becoming inactive. For example, the LEED Project and Piezoelectric Generator became inactive last year because their leaders did not seem to want to contribute to the project anymore. As a result the members of those projects became disheartened, confused and probably had a bad experience. This could have been avoided by either renewing the leader’s interest in the project or changing project leaders. I would like to avoid problems like this in the future and implement better communication for these types of problems. I also feel that we could advertise more about our organization, particularly winter and spring quarter. More collaboration between other sustainable and engineering organizations on campus would also be nice. I would also like to further improve the social aspect in ESW and have more general members and more members in general to come to our events; ideas include more advertising/word of mouth and maybe making it mandatory for Cabinet and Board or Project Leaders to come to a certain number of events or GBMs, that way they can also convince other people they know to come and be comfortable.


Elaine Silverman, 1st Year Mechanical Engineering

First Choice: Director of Resource Management; Second Choice: None

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

Serving as the Director of Resource Management Projects for ESW would be a way for me to get involved in the progress of various projects as well as an opportunity to push myself as a leader. Being a director would give me an inside look into both the technical aspect as well as the life cycle of multiple projects. I’d love the opportunity to learn more about each of the projects and gain experience working through roadblocks and maintaining progress. The position would also push me to develop my leadership, communication, and public speaking skills. I’m hoping that working with project leaders in tracking and facilitating the progress of their project will be challenging at times, but ultimately rewarding. I’m excited to work closely with the project leaders and be able to provide a new perspective on the goals and progress each project. I know that the leaders of each ESW project are passionate about their projects and I would love the opportunity to be involved in that process.

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 first got involved in ESW fall quarter by joining the Community Affairs Committee. I’ve been on the committee for two quarters now, and have been serving as the secretary position. As secretary for the Community Affairs Committee I took on responsibility in sending out weekly emails, creating and documenting meeting minutes, as well as tracking the progress in the planning of the various types of events. The committee has provided the perfect opportunity to get involved in ESW as a freshman. It has given me a lot of insight into what ESW does and the people that make it happen. I also joined the project side of ESW this quarter as a new member of the Lotus Project. I’ve already seen how exciting the progress of the project is, with building a large physical prototype, as well as the challenges that arise as we continue to struggle with devising an anchoring system for the hydrofoils. I have an inside perspective of what being on an ESW project team is like and am excited to learn more about the other projects. I’m going to be taking ENG 100D (Global Ties: Design for Development) this Spring, which I’m hoping will give me more experience in working on/with engineering teams. I’ve worked as a part of project teams, though I’ve never had the responsibility of managing one. I think my organized and goal-oriented personality would be a good fit for the role of Project Director.

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 main commitments, aside from being a full time student, are being part of the club gymnastics team and ESW (will continue to be part of Community Affairs Community and Lotus project). I have gymnastics practice 10 hours per week as well as occasional weekend competitions. The committee generally meets once per week and Lotus has been meeting twice per week this quarter. I’m also part of SWE’s Envision Day committee (a high school outreach day held annually on campus) and am planning on being part of the committee again next year. Adding the responsibility of being a Project Manager on top of these commitments will be a challenge, but I have the organizational and time management skills to handle it. I maintain a detailed calendar and planner to make sure I’m keeping track of everywhere I need to be and everything I need to get done. I understand the dedication and time that being a Project Director entails and am ready to make that commitment.

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’m excited about the addition of a wind project and being a part of getting the project off the ground in the coming quarter. As ESW grows as an organization, I want to help facilitate connection between the projects and will the organization as a whole. I want to find more ways to get the various parts of ESW to interact. One idea I have is to hold some sort of team building day for the projects where they work together, possibly in a fun competition with the other projects. The foodies group is a great way for ESW members to casually interact although I’m not sure if all project members are aware of what it is. I’d like to help facilitate project leaders in getting their members more involved in attending ESW events.


Hrishikesh Barokar, 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

First Choice: Vice President of Public Relations; Second Choice: Vice President of Information Management

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

TL;DR: San Diego’s companies’ attention to UC San Diego and Growing faculty relations Longer version: My vision for VP Public Relations has two aspects. First- San Diego’s companies’ attention to UC San Diego. I have observed this one pattern across the five boards I have served on, and it irks me… WHY ARE UCSD’S STUDENT ORGS LEFT TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES? My friends tell me that it is the COMPANIES around their universities that create such a thriving ecosystem for student organizations to flourish. Meanwhile at UC San Diego, student organizations, wrapped up in bureaucratic nonsense, struggle day and night to get even few hundred dollars of funding, let alone other resources or job opportunities. I want to change this. How I plan to accomplish this- Have a committee to personally meet at least 5 company representatives or executives each quarter (1 per two weeks). Second- Growing faculty relations ESW is in every way a multidisciplinary organization. Having faculty advisors in at least every department that houses ESW members will be a gamechanger. For instance, having a product marketing or legal assistance faculty advisor from Rady School, or something whackier- a filmmaking professor for project team ads/product ads. There are two benefits to it- directly, faculty help us to iterate better. Indirectly, our student-members get priority as researchers or TAs. How I plan to accomplish this- Have the same committee to personally go and meet 3 faculties/member and negotiate a well deg faculty advising program contract

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. 

My involvement: I have been serving on the Finance Committee and frankly I love it. I found a core value of sustainability shared by everyone I met on ESW. It is heartening! “Why would you be ideal”…I would put it this way: my qualifications are 1. Experience: I have been serving as the president of American Society of Mechanical Engineers for the past two years. I am proud to say that since I started, this society has grown from a dead organization to one with three project teams, 50 members and a full board of 16 people. We have raised more than $5000 and have put over 35 events in the last two years. (See more about my experience at linkedin.com/in/hrishbarokar ) 2. Drive: Having served as president on boards and teams, I assume the candidness to say that I do not need this position just for my resume. I want to do this to change what I (and many others) don’t like about UCSD. And I would be willing to concede and support them if someone can do it better than me. 3. MVP Skills: Oh, I am so well-in-depth aware of the procedures at AS Funding, TAP, TCF, OneStop, Univ Centers, SPACES, College Councils, Department Councils, TESC funding, USAC, IDEA Center blah blah and all the other bureaucratic BS at UCSD.

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.

President- ASME UC San Diego (Till Fall 2017) 7-10 hrs a week ESW Finance Committee (Till Fall 2017)… might carry over to 2017-2018 2-3 hrs a week Administrative Assistant in TESC Presidential Committee (Till Fall 2017) 4-5 hrs a week Senior Chair- ASME UC San Diego (From Fall 2017) -2-3 hrs a week President- USAC (From Fall 2017) – 2-4 hrs a week

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?

Please refer to my response to ‘What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?’


Pia Puray, 4th Year Chemical Engineering

First Choice: Vice President of Project Management; Second Choice: None

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

Through my major at UC San Diego, I have grown an interest and passion in engineering for sustainability and innovations, and thus, always looking for an opportunity that will allow me to grow and strengthen not only my technical skills, but my leadership skills as a student engineer. I hope to gain better organization skills and professional development from this position. I have worked and have managed people in a small team setting but would like to broaden my experience in managing over 50+ members. I want to learn more about the different sustainability projects on campus and have a hand in helping each stay organized and being a mentor for young engineers. Career wise, I wish to eventually move up in a biotech company as a Project Manager.

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 am currently a Project Manager for Bioenergy with CC for ESW. I am also a technical sub lead for another engineering project under AIChE and have worked on another biogas project for ENG 100D. I have worked on a few team engineering projects in the past and have exhibited exceptional skills in communicating, researching, and designing our groups’ proposed solutions. Whether it’s creating excel sheets to conveniently calculate molarities of solutions in lab to creating financial statements for small businesses, I have a wide array of both engineering and soft skills that can add value to the Executive board. Not only am I familiar with the research and designing stages of projects, I am also very personable and an effective communicator.

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.

Spring 2017: PM for ESW (hoping to transition out if given this position) Technical-Sub Lead for Phosphorus Waste Treatment project in AIChE Projects(last quarter) Math tutor for the Early Academic Outreach Program(flexible ~10 hr/week commitment) Team Captain for CO-ED IM basketball Fall 2018: hopefully this position! **Rest is subject to change

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 also have a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovations and love to brainstorm new ways to integrate science, business, and technology together for a more sustainable future. I’ve realized a very important aspect in student projects is to gather data and being able to quantify one’s project, but those numbers aren’t as easily accessible and require tedious google searches. One of the forefronts of an initiative I’d like to take is to create a database for the different sustainability projects on campus just in case other projects are looking for those same numbers and overall just being able to consolidate that information for future generations.


Jeffery Okwuoma, 3rd Year Chemical Engineering

First Choice: Vice President of Public Relations; Second Choice: Vice President of Community Affairs

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

I hope to demonstrate to fellow members and to the community what leadership entails. Leadership consists of about love, passion, teamwork, communication, and integrity. Without passion, you can’t have leadership. Passion is the driving force that brings people together; it is vital and essential when working towards a shared goal! You also have to be resilient and serve as a positive role model for your team, especially even during hardships and tough times. Leadership is also all about teamwork, because it is a byproduct of passion. The two go hand in hand: success, in anything that you do, is inevitable if you take care of the base of your activity, which, in this case, are the members that make up your organization. If you have a strong base, a strong team, that is nourished with love, passion, vision, and energy, together you can do anything. I know that these values will drive me to foster communities based on trust, support, feedback, and people. One is that I like is meeting new, motivated, driven individuals. I am inspired by their stories. On top of that, I am always looking for a way to improve things, provide for others, and make things happen. Being involved in Black Student Association is part of my culture. American Institute for Chemical Engineers is for professional development. I like to give back to the campus and enjoy the learning experiences that being involved provides me.

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 the Automated Biodiesel Processor project, which serves to promote renewable energy sources and foster eco-friendly solutions. During this time, I have contributed efforts to various aspects of the project: from component selection calculations (and costs) to project planning to process/filtration management. In addition, I have also been involved with the research & development team. Despite pursuing a Chemical Engineering major, I have been able to get a taste of other engineering disciplines through interactions with a diverse team of peers. I find this to be one of the many positive aspects about ESW: you volunteer and cooperate with fellow members through a variety of tasks while learning new ideas and concepts that I would not have been exposed to otherwise. For such a position as this, I believe that passion, dedication, commitment, and a willingness to learn, are some of the key qualities that a leader should demonstrate. My experience as a campus tour guide has involved me in directing tours that inform, inspire, and persuade 3,000 prospective students to apply to and attend UCSD each year. I was driven to communicate to all visitors the value of the education we provide, to engage with them through interactive discussions and shared stories, and to display our public image of UCSD as welcoming, exciting, and professional. In addition, my role as a project leader and sub-team member for the Global TIES program has involved collaborating with clients, community leaders, and users to identify needs and constraints, planning, organizing, and coordinating agendas, team meetings, and activities. Working with many people from different organizations has allowed me to meet motivated, driven individuals, to share and exchange ideas, opportunities, and feats with fellow undergraduates, and to encourage students to join the Global TIES program. These learning experiences serve as a solid foundation for me to share the vision and scope of ESW with partner organizations and members within our community

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.

As a third-year student majoring in Chemical Engineering, I am currently taking 14 units this quarter, in which part of it involves me serving as a project member for the Global TIES program. Beyond that, I am actively involved in American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Work commitments involve me working as an undergraduate researcher for Dr. Shirley Meng’s research group. I also serve as a staff member/choreographer for a campus dance team, [N]Motion. While I seek to become more involved by working with the Career Services Center and the Black Resources Center, I seek to utilize my time management and scheduling skills to effectively balance various responsibilities across different organizations. Ultimately, I am readily available to dedicate my time, energy, and efforts to 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?

As VP of Public Relations (or Community Affairs), I desire to see ESW reach new heights and engage its community on furthering community education and shared sustainability interests. For outreach, I seek to achieve this goal through sustainability-related education opportunities for members, including lectures by professionals and workshops, as well as planning major outreach events that serve to bring youth students to UC San Diego campus to learn more about the importance of environmental sustainability. Other ideas that come into mind include designing science competitions centered around the theme of sustainability, sponsoring an ESW Open House for high school students, developing an Earth Day festival as a community event in collaboration with students and faculty, and possibly planning for challenges with other student organizations.


Victoria Thai, 1st Year Environmental Engineering

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

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

Being Vice President of Information Management will help me gain experience in managing more parts of ESW. I’d like to hone my organization and management skills at a larger and professional level. I’ve always wanted to be able to work with a group of individuals who have the same goal of sustainability. Furthermore, learning to manage a website and database will be useful for future skills in the engineering field. Being Vice President of Finance will help me gain experience in managing more parts of ESW. I’d like to hone my organization, finance, and management skills at a larger and professional level. Learning to manage the ESW finances, having to find new ways to fundraise, and managing a small team would be a great experience.

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 am currently in the finance committee. I have contributed innovative solutions to fundraise for ESW and have researched through environmental businesses for potential partnerships. I assisted in creating and planning school wide fundraising events, searching for sponsorships to fund ESW, and seeking sustainable products to use and sell to members and students. Furthermore, I joined Solex Batteries and CommUnity Garden this quarter. In high school, I cofounded a club with my friends to raise money for CARE, a humanitarian organization that helps families and individuals across the world. During my two years as president, I learned how to rally people behind a cause, work with them, and encourage them to accomplish tasks. Furthermore, I learned managing, multitasking, budgeting, planning, and fundraising. With the help of these skills, CARE Club was able to raise over $3,000 to donate to the survivors of the Nepal earthquake and the Syrian Refugee Crisis. I was also president for French Honor Society my senior year of high school. I promoted the study of French language and culture to more than 1,000 students by conducting monthly, traditional French celebrations and events around school. In addition, I have had over a year of work experience. Currently, I am a clerical assistant in the Theatre and Dance Department where I provide general office support. I utilized Microsoft Word and Excel to process over 100 tickets resulting in insured methodical data for the production use. With these skills, ESW would be able to grow financially and in management.

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’m currently in Solex Batteries and CommUnity Garden. My academic schedule consists of a minimum of 16 units. I work less than 10 hours per week. However, time management is one of my top skills. I am able to work efficiently and multi-task to finish the work I need to do prior to its deadline.

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’ve heard Michael talking about making an app for ESW. Although I’m not a CS major, I’d love to put together a team of ESW members to make an app that includes all the fundraising events, workshops, and projects on it! It would be a great way for members to stay involved and a fun new project. Furthermore, I’d love to create a larger alumni database so current ESW members can see the great things previous ESW members have achieved, to have speakers for GBMs and workshops, and network with the companies that they work with and have members be potentially hired for internships and even jobs. Creating a larger alumni database will not only benefit us through these things, but also them through advertising. Putting this on the website will show members that even after graduation, members of ESW are still active!


Jason Mayeda, 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering

First Choice: Vice President of Project Management; Second Choice: None

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

I aim to achieve two primary goals as Vice President of Project Management: first is to seize the opportunity to practice and enhance my leadership and project management skills and second is to continue the growth our ESW chapter to make it into one of UCSD’s premier engineering project organizations. I would like to help ESW projects to expand outside of its traditional membership base (MAE, CENG, ECE), to other departments outside of engineering in order to expand our reach within the UCSD community. I have held a number of different positions– project member, team lead, and director– in my last three years of involvement in ESW and I believe that that experience has given me a unique insight into the operations of this organization that will greatly assist me in the role of VP of Project Management.

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 very involved in ESW since my freshman year as a project member of Solar Chill 1.0, Mechanical Team lead for Solar Interact, and Director of Solar Projects. Through these experiences I have gained a strong understanding of how to start and manage multidisciplinary teams, as well as to assist projects at various stages of development move towards their respective goals. As both a team lead and project director, I have learned the importance of forming strong personal connections with project leaders and members in order to build trust and confidence. This process has allowed me tailor specific solutions by understanding how certain members work and lead. I also have experience securing funding for ESW projects, which has always been one of the greater obstacles for project development. I have extensive knowledge of funding sources for ESW projects through my time as the Director of The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF). I believe that my experiences in team building, project management, and funding makes me an ideal candidate for the position of Vice President of Project Management.

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.

Personal drone project (4 hrs/ week) 4th Year ME Course load Research (12 hrs/ week) Solar Interact (4-5 hrs/ week) Hopefully this position! I will be a senior next year and will be naturally busy with courses and projects, but I have good time management skills so I am confident that I will be able to make ESW a priority in my schedule.

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 make changes to the membership recruitment process for our organization. While as an organization our membership continues to grow year-to-year, I wish to also see that the number of students engaged in our projects continue to increase. As a member of the Board for the past year, I have seen many projects that have struggled with member retention. I would like to change our current system to have only one large recruitment cycle in the fall that would be heavily advertised across several departments and events. Ideally, this system would force potential members to be more dedicated to the projects they apply to, knowing that there would be few opportunities to rejoin should they drop. Project openings would be available throughout the year should project leaders need more people, but these opportunities would be few in order to encourage members to stay with projects early in the year. This will also assist project leaders by allowing them to save time on “reorientation” for new members every quarter.


Ajay Singh, 3rd Year Math-Computer Science

First Choice: President; Second Choice: None

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

As ESW President I hope to further my leadership and communication skills in a way that I have never had a chance to. Being the leader of a club of roughly 200 members sounds like an extremely daunting task, but I know that I can grow throughout the year and eventually rise to the challenge. I want to be able to become a better public speaker, a more effective communicator with members of industry, and overall a stronger, more mindful leader for the club. As president, I know that the bar will be raised much higher than at my previous director position, but that just makes it all the better learning experience. I will be faced with more responsibilities than ever which is great considering I will be graduating next year and moving out into the workforce. From a year as president I know I will have more confidence in myself and feel much better off out in the real world. Aside from the soft skills though, I want to leave behind a legacy at UCSD. Like the many great presidents before me I want to leave a lasting impact on ESW that students will reflect on for years to come. I know that I have the vision to do great things for ESW; I just need the chance to be able to do so.

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 am currently the Director of Water and Energy Projects for ESW. That being said, I can tell you every currently active ESW project along with their leads and basic information about the project. In addition, I have been a previous member of the Research and Development Team, a project member for SIBRE Batteries and Solar Interact, and a public relations committee member. Overall I have been in the club for 2 years, though it feels like a lot longer! Outside of ESW I am currently the project lead of a 10-person team in an app development class. We meet roughly 5 hours per week outside of class to go over project details and deadlines. For our first peer review, I was nominated the most valuable teammate. Aside from the project, I was also an Orientation Leader last summer where I led a group of 21 students throughout a two-day orientation. Between my ESW involvement and other leadership experience I would consider myself an excellent candidate for the presidential role. I have had experience leading teams roughly the size of what my cabinet and board would be and know the ins and outs of the club better than most active members. Perhaps most importantly, I have the drive to improve and succeed in the role, and only hope to get better as the year goes 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.

Possible internship for the summer (yet to be decided), roughly 16 units per quarter academically.

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 love to have ESW continue collaborating with other clubs and eventually hold a big (maybe annual) event like a Hackathon or Project Showcase. In terms of membership, at least with the current amount of projects, ESW has reached a carrying capacity. Even the committees are starting to gain a decent amount of members, so I feel like expanding our outreach to other clubs would be the next step. I think it would be really cool to have professors speak at our GBM’s like how Brandon Reynante did at our 2nd GBM this quarter. It would be interesting to give them the freedom to give a presentation on whatever topic they wished, (after telling them what our club stands for) and would likely increase our GBM turnouts as well.


David Lightfoot, 2nd Year Human Biology and Economics

First Choice: Vice President of Finance; Second Choice: None

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

As Vice President of Finance, 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.

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 at the start of fall quarter last year, and since then I have been fortunate enough to be part of the finance committee and business team for the Solar Car project for the past two quarters. I believe I would be an ideal candidate for the position of Vice President of Finance due to my experience of being in ESW’s finance committee, being part of the Solar Car business team, and holding the position of treasurer for the National Honor Society chapter in high school. As a member of the finance committee, I have been exposed to the business and finance side of ESW. The committee has 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 has allowed me to develop the necessary soft and hard skills (e.g., calculating ROI, using Excel, etc.) to help fund ESW. As part of the business team for the Solar Car project, I have contacted potential sponsors regarding donations and sponsorships to raise money and generate funding to be used in the creation and development of the solar car. And as treasurer for the National Honor Society chapter, I handled the funds and expenses of the organization, advised club officers regarding the budget, and organized several fundraising events to raise money for local charities and school events.

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 part of ESW, I am also a member of Sixth College’s Spirit and Culture committees and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). I plan to balance being a cabinet member along with these commitments by keeping myself organized 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, and I know that the ideal way to accommodate this expansion is to continue to increase our financial totals and strategic partnerships with environmentally conscious companies and businesses. I hope to implement new and innovative ways of fundraising to raise money and generate funding to be used for the chapter and members. And I hope to uphold the transparency of ESW’s budgets and bring them into the public domain so that we are held accountable to our members and sponsors/donors.


Karan R. Sheth, 3rd Year Nanoengineering

First Choice: Vice President of Project Management; Second Choice: None

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

I am applying to be the VP of Project Management of ESW for the next three quarters. By getting this position I hope to achieve the decorum, patience and skills to one day head my own company. Being the president of ESW is not only a great honor but also a bug stepping stone in my career which hopefully will help me mature and grow as a responsible individual. I am also applying for VP of project management because I have experience at that position. I was VP of the Engineering Club at De Anza College, Cupertino. I headed 2 projects and looked over the progress and accomplishments of another 3.

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 a part of the Public Relations committee. I am also a part of the Hydrogen fuel cell project headed by Jose Duran and Evan Muller. I think I would be ideal for the position for President because I think I have the composure and time management skills to look over all the committees and the progress of each project. I have experience being the secretary and VP of Engineering club at De Anza College. As good as those positions helped me, I think I have had enough experience to take it a step forward.

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 am a Nano Engineer with a focus in Chemical Engineering. I will be taking 16 units every quarter from Spring 2017 to Winter 2018. Aside from that I plan to do research in one of the Nano Engineering labs. I like putting myself under a more severe work load because I feel that increases my efficiency to finish my work before time. I do not leave assignments until the due date because I feel I will be rushed through it without understanding the material. Given the responsibilities of any executive position, I think I will handle them quite 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?

I have been a part of ESW since fall 2016. Regardless of being chosen on the executive board, I would like to see ESW-UCSD grow and be one of the best organizations in California. I would like to bring in more impressionable speakers and ex-students to share their success stories with members and non-members alike. I would also like to start small scale projects which can be done in a smaller period of time alongside big scale projects which can take anything between 1-2 years. This way our club has enough to showcase its progress and more students can be involved.


Alisha Rai, 2nd Year Environmental Engineering

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

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

Becoming the next VP of Community Affairs would allow me to bring my passion for event planning into my field and connect it to my passion for sustainability. In addition to this, I am hoping to gain further leadership skills and make further connections with my peers in ESW. I want to engage in the ESW community and make being part of this organization a fun and rewarding experience for all of our 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. 

I would be ideal for this position because I know the position very well and I have a great amount of experience in planning events similar to ESW socials. This is my second year being a full member of ESW. Last year, I went to every GBM and most social events, and I participated in the mentor/mentee program. This year, I joined the Community Affairs Committee and have been assisting in putting on GBMs and social events. I have worked very closely with the current VP of Community Affairs and have a thorough understanding of what the position entails and what processes and protocols must be followed. In addition to my experience in ESW, I have had a great amount of experience in event planning, especially with social events. For the past two years, I have been a member of Sixth College Student Council committees that plan large scale events such as Kuncocshun, a large music festival, Spirit of the Masters, a large art exhibition, and Sixth College Semiformal. In these committees, I worked with a group of other students to plan and execute these large events. I have also been a member of Sixth College Community Board, Sixth College’s Residence Life committee. For the past year I have been the Social Chair, for which I planned multiple social events per quarter for the members of the community, such as movie nights, ice skating, and a team building trip to the Challenge Course. I am also the director of Cheese Festival and worked with a committee under me to plan and execute the event. I contacted vendors, worked with other student organizations, and had to use creative thinking and problem solving skills. The skills that I have attained through my history of event planning will help significantly in the position of VP of Community Affairs.

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.

Throughout Spring Quarter 2017, I will be continuing my commitments with Sixth College committees. Most large scale events will have already been planned at this point, so my only commitment would be on the day of each event as I help to put them on. I will also finish out the year as a member of Sixth College Community Board. As the Social Chair, I will be planning a couple events for CoBoard through the quarter. AT this point, Cheese Festival will be over and I will have a significantly smaller commitment to CoBoard. If I were to get the position of VP of Community Affairs, I will prioritize ESW over these other commitments. I will spend the majority of my time working with ESW over other organizations. Next year, I will no longer be participating in any of the committees that I have been in this year. My main focus besides academics will be my position in ESW. I do not have job plans at the moment, but if I were to get one, I would make sure that I had adequate time for my position in ESW. I would be a dedicated member of cabinet, attending all meetings in addition to spending outside time ensuring that my job is done effectively and to the best of my ability.

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?

From my experience in ESW, I have seen that attendance in GBMs and social events is lower that we would like it to be. I believe that I can improve on attendance through marketing further for our organization in improve GBM attendance and internally for social events to improve social event attendance. I also believe that we can vary the types of socials that we plan. We can include more relaxing, stress relief events throughout midterms and finals, such as crafts with plastic bottles and other sustainability themed activities. I would also like to vary the on and off campus socials to include a broader range of activities. I would include hiking trips and the Gr8 ball tournament, but expand to beach trips, lazer tag, on campus picnics, and more. I believe that in these ways, we could engage more people in ESW and strengthen our community.


Cindy Meng, 3rd Year Chemical Engineer

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 gain more leadership experience in terms of programming and motivating people to participate in outreach events. I see this as an opportunity for personal growth and a way to hone my interpersonal skills in professional settings.

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’ve been a project lead for the past two quarters, and I frequently attend ESW tours and social events. Through my involvement, I’ve gained a thorough understanding of our organization’s dynamics and developed a deeper passion for sustainable technologies. I hope to inspire not only my peers, but also the future generations to continue the efforts of saving the environment. Through previous leadership roles (high school class council, ASB, LEO Club PR), I believe I have the capability and professional mannerism to reach out and maintain relationships with other organizations.

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.

Undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Meng’s lab, volunteer tutor at Ocean Knoll Elementary School, senior year chemical engineering coursework. As of now, I plan on taking only 3 classes per quarter for my entire senior year, so that will really free up my time to pursue extra-curricular activities. Regarding my lab and volunteer positions, they’re on a flexible schedule of my choice so I would plan ahead to accommodate my responsibilities in ESW.

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 collaborate with organizations (on and off campus) that promote sustainability, not necessarily in technological sectors, but in economic and social sectors. As well-rounded individuals, ESW members should understand more than just the STEM side of green initiatives, but also be informed on the logistics and financial aspects of implementing these ideas on a large scale. By interacting with people from various professional backgrounds, ESW members can gain a more comprehensive view on how to realistically put their ideas into action.


Samantha Fong, 1st Year Environmental Engineer

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

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

Through the position of Vice President of Community Affairs, I am hoping to gain confidence in my leadership abilities. Confidence tends to come from experience, and experience comes from pushing the bounds of our comfort zones. The benefits of leadership skills in the workforce and in life in general outweigh the potential discomforts of trying something new. I also want this position because I hope to immerse myself further into ESW’s diverse community and to give back to an organization that has helped me find a place in UCSD’s expansive student body. It is easy to feel like an outsider when starting something new, or joining a new group, especially with an organization as large as ESW and a campus as intimidating as UCSD. At my first GBM, I was happily surprised that this was not the case. All of the members, especially the cabinet and board members, were friendly, welcoming, and easy to talk to. A majority of the people I have met and many the friends I have made since coming to college have been through ESW. Joining the ESW community has made college feel more friendly and the campus seem just a bit smaller. As Vice President of Community Affairs, I hope to meet even more of the awesome people in ESW and to help other members make the same connections that I have.

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. 

Since joining ESW in the fall, I have gotten the opportunity to explore many of the groups ESW has to offer. During the first quarter, I joined the Solex Batteries project and began participating in the mentor-mentee group. In addition, I joined What’s Rong winter quarter and have participated in many of the other events offered by ESW, including the Pure Water Tour and the ESW Foodies group. Through my mentor and roommate, I have even been able to attend some of the Cabinet and committee events, like the holiday party and the finance committee’s finals week care package assembly line. Through these experiences, I have developed a feel for all of the different groups within ESW and I believe this gives me a deeper understanding of the organization and members. I believe my four years of experience as an officer in a high school club make me an ideal candidate for the position of Vice President of Community Affairs. Throughout high school i participated in a club called reSPONse. The club sponsored an elementary school in the Nagaland area of India and hosted both global and local hunger awareness projects. As secretary of the club, I worked with the other officers to plan fundraisers, bonding events, club meetings and activities, and volunteer opportunities. Within my four years as an officer I saw the club grow from 40 members to over 150. Through my experiences in reSPONse I believe I can succeed as Vice President of Community Affairs.

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.

Commitments: -4 course / quarter schedule -Solex Batteries Project Team -What’s Rong? Project Team -IDEA Center Learning Community -Society of Women Engineers Member -Job (tbd) Throughout high school, I juggled AP classes, three sports, an officer position in a community service club, a volunteer position at a non profit organization, and a competitive music program. This has taught me how to manage schedules, optimize time, and understand my personal limits. With this in mind, I am confident I can manage an Executive Cabinet Position along with my prior commitments.

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 to see ESW’s network grow. Through my experiences in other organizations on campus, I think ESW can improve its connections with ESW branches at other colleges, other engineering based clubs, its alumni, and with more people outside of the club. In the future ESW could plan both social and academic events in tandem with other clubs. Connecting with other branches of ESW and other orgs on campus allows ESW to form a wider networks with more access to different resources. For things like workshops and company visits, partnering with other groups would allow for bigger turnouts, and for fundraising events, more profits. It would also encourage idea sharing and further innovation. To build ESW’s resources for potential connections to companies and workshop instructors, the club can begin to contact alumni still in the San Diego area. Most graduates are working professionals or pursuing higher education with insightful experience that would be useful to undergraduates. Finally, I think ESW should participate in more outreach events. Throughout the year, the Jacob’s School of Engineering and other tech companies in San Diego host events catered towards high school students, children, and the general public. These events would be a great place for projects to garner interest and potential donations along with a way for ESW to take an active role in getting the community more interested in the STEM field. The future of ESW is in expanding its connections.


 

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