ESW Election Applicant Bio’s!

Jennie Nguyen

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

By becoming either the Director of Water and Energy Projects, or the Vice President of Community Affairs, I hope to gain vital leadership and networking experience for a career in Environmental Engineering. Most importantly, I am excited to meet and work with new people while participating in more ESW projects for water and energy. I also hope to learn how to carry myself in a more professional manner and communicate with various people for guidance, participation, or events. Recently, I developed an interest in water and energy projects because of my current Sustainable Development class, and would enjoy being able to participate and learn in the various projects ESW conducts.

What is your level of 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 involved in the Green Cell Project with Tatiana. My part of the team is focused on hydrogen absorption, desorption, and storage, but I have also taken up finding information on finding energy consumption information of UCSD for the H2 Student Design Competition. Although I am a fairly new member, I communicate with other team members, professors, and businesses for information and guidance on our project.

In general, I am organized, outgoing, and enjoy taking the initiative in team settings. In the past, I have worked as a teacher and private tutor, so I have practiced presenting material and asking thought-provoking questions. Furthermore, I have practiced patience and leadership with my students, ranging from children to young adults. Most importantly, I value encouraging responsibility and curiosity over methods and equations for each student. If given the Director of Water and Energy Projects, I would work with the leaders of each project to help team members enjoy and feel accountable for their work in the project.

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 spread the word about ESW projects occurring on and off campus for incoming freshman. I first heard about ESW towards the end of my sophomore year by chance, and wish I had learned about the experience, opportunities, and people that ESW provides for participating members. I would also enjoy seeing infographics about UCSD sustainability projects around campus. Before I took classes that required me to research previous and ongoing projects, I never knew about all of the measures taken to ensure more sustainable energy consumption at UCSD, and I feel that seeing real-life applications around campus made me much more excited to be an environmental engineer at UCSD.

Kaytlyn Taglialavore

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

The qualities I’m hoping to gain from the position of Vice President of Community Affairs is to become more comfortable in ESW and to grow in my communication and leadership skills. I want to become more comfortable in ESW to share and listen to ideas that can help myself, others, and ESW as a whole.

What is your level of 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 level of involvement is average right now, but I’m willing to make it so much more! I am part of a project that I’m passionate about but it’s very new so I have not been able to do much yet. The relevant experience I have is vice president of my class in high school. I was responsible for designating information sessions, planning rallies, and poster making.

 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 the new members open their minds to the community of ESW and be comfortable enough to share their thoughts. Some fresh ideas for my position would be bonding exercises that help each member understand the commitment of other community members. Likewise, a way to ensure that every person feels involved is through community involvement.

Ajay Singh

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

I hope that by becoming a member of ESW’s board of directors, I become part of a team of young professionals that is willing to give me advice or assistance even when I graduate. I want to be able to make each project that comes into my hands a successful one. Even though I know I won’t be a perfect candidate at the start, I know that I am willing to work for this position and really learn from it for my future endeavors. I want to gain a close relationship with all my project leaders and have them look to me for advice or guidance, and vice-versa if applicable!

 

What is your level of 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 in ESW for two quarters at this point, and have loved every part of it! I really enjoy interacting with other engineers to make our school, our community, and our world more sustainable with each project. As a member of the board of Directors for either solar or water projects, I would make sure that each team stays on top of their respective deadlines and keeps a good budget. If applicable, I would also try my best to offer insight to each of the project leaders within my circle of influence.
Having gone through many coding classes, a retail job last summer and, at the end of this summer, my first internship, I will have had plenty of experience working in a professional, team-oriented environment. Through all of these experiences I have been able to improve my abilities to problem solve, communicate, and work efficiently and responsibly.

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 think a good way to grow ESW and expand our projects would be to have a community reach out event (could be something a weekly in-person thing or something that students can fill out online) where we ask fellow UCSD students to give us ideas for renewable resource/energy projects that they think would be cool for us to try to work on. If we get our community more involved, it may spark growth within our club as well! 

Sebastian Lee 

What are you hoping to gain from the position you applied for?
If I were to win the election for Project Manager, I hope to hone my time management as well as my organizational skills. I hope to serve as the overseer of projects, one who knows what is happening with each project and is able to re-direct a team’s focus to the project’s goal. I will willingly assign the necessary tasks that need to be completed by a certain due date as well as instill in the team a sense of ownership for the projects. And I hope to gain an greater passion towards sustainable projects in the large scale.

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 part of the CommUnity Project team led by President Luong. My involvement consists of attending all project meetings, as well as attending Big General Meetings and other socials ESW may be offering.
Whether I am elected for the position of Project Manager or Community Affairs, I believe that I am capable of utilizing the skills that I have gained in my other clubs as well as work to make ESW better Engineering Club.
I am currently a tutor for Jacobs School of Engineering teaching Math20A-B-C. I am in charge of leading with a co-tutor a group of 7-8 freshmen currently taking the Math 20 series. This job requires quite a bit of organization as well a good communication skills.
On top of ESW’s ComUnity Project, I am also team lead for a Global TIES project for the ENG 100D class. Such position requires me to create weekly agendas and future schedules, delegate several tasks, and keep a greater vision and scope of the project itself, skills a Project Manager requires to do his/her job well.

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 hope to contribute in the goal of making ESW a more known organization to the campus – one that will positively impact UCSD, and would in effect grow bigger and stronger.
When it comes to ideas, it is rather difficult for me to gauge how good of ideas they are. Moreover, I believe ESW already does a good job in advertising and organizing projects that will create a positive impact in the community. But everything can be improved, right?
I hope to learn more about the foundation in which ESW stands and then from there incubate ideas that will be able to foster on ESW’s foundation.

Kevin Huo  

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

1) My main goal as VP of Information Management and an officer is to create a more cohesive and intertwined community within the ESW organization. While leadership positions exist in all organizations, I want to give back to the org that has given me so much in such a short span of time. I will work to improve my professional skills in this position, but my main goal will be to foster a community and identity in ESW that transcends just the project groups and create a community that is connected by the idea of global sustainability and initiative. By the end of my term, I want to leave the organization better than I found it and have not just have 15 project groups in ESW , but have a ESW community that works on 15 projects. In practical vernacular, I plan to constantly communicate with members though social mediums so that everyone is made aware of what’s going on and everyone is included in the push for a greener global initiative.

What is your level of 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 member of team Lotus and part of its image analysis team and bio-filtration team. The experience I’ve gained from these positions in addition with my past experience as a club secretary makes me a strong candidate for VP of Info Management. My work within Lotus has honed both my communication skills through constant contact with team members and professors and my micromanaging skills with the need to constantly set short term goals. In my prior secretary position, I strived to deliver and manage information to both fellow officers and general members through many media sources to create a, overall, more cohesive and growth promoting environment where members knew what resources were available to them at all times. I possess communication skills in both the professional and casual respect and teamwork skills of initiative and organization that are necessary for an effective VP of Information Management. 

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 to have ESW become more community focused and I feel socials and service projects could create a more cohesive organization that isn’t simply defined by a title and a project, but rather a community bonded together through unforgettable memories. While this seems trivial, I believe this friendly environment will greatly improve project work as project members will be more inclined to meet and inter-project communication will improve allowing further progression of all parties involved.

Zi Deng 

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

I want to be more involved with Engineeris for a Sustainable World, and work to maintain and even improve it. I chose to become an engineers so I can work on I renewable energy in the future so ESW is the perfect place for me; I want to meet and work with people who share the same ideals and values as me.

What is your level of 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 a member of the Solar Light project under the direction of Cesar Magana. I have been deeply involved in the project but I also want to work towards helping ESW as a whole, that is why I want to be a part of the Executive Cabinet. I think I would be a good fit for the Vice President of Information Management because I enjoy knowing and managing information. I would be a good fit for the Director of Solar Projects because I have direct experience with being a part of a Solar Project. 

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 ESW to have more opportunities for non project members to be more involved; more social events and work shops and just more opportunities for non project members. Also, more collaboration between the different environmental clubs.

Kimberly Nguyen 

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

If elected as president, I hope to expand our network and reach out to more students passionate about sustainability. From being on cabinet for two years, I derive a great sense of satisfaction working alongside other motivated individuals who strive to create long-lasting impact in communities, local and global. It would be an honor to bring in the next group of leaders who are committed in doing the same if not more.

What is your level of 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.

Ever since I joined ESW in my first year, I have become more and more involved with the organization. From my participation in Cameroon Empowerment Program to my cabinet/board positions (VP Public Relations & VP Project Management), I gained great insight in ESW on all the different levels and developed keen leadership and organizational skills along the way. I believe I am a suitable candidate for this position not only because of my previous qualifications, but also because I feel I have a proclivity to provide oversight and guidance. I would to believe I am approachable if anyone, project leaders/cabinet/board members, have any issues they would like to address. 

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?

The founders of our ESW chapter have done a good job on laying out a solid foundation and internal structure. We have expanded greatly over the course of a few years, managing up to twelve different projects at a time, not to mention the various events and opportunities we hold throughout the year. However, I believe we can do more to establish our presence on campus and gain further recognition for the work we do.

One of the ideas that I have been working on is holding a project showcase to present our work to the general public, faculty and industry members, and other students. I would like to see us collaborate more with other student organizations as well as hold more opportunities for our members to participate in and bridge the disconnect between our projects with our general members.

Michael Mnatsakanian

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

Well first, I am hoping to get more active and involved in Engineers for a Sustainable World. I also hope that through this position I can branch out on becoming a better-rounded individual, rather than simply focusing on academics and work. I am applying for the position of Vice President of Finance because I have an interest for the financial and business side that is involved within a project/organization, and I would love to get more hands-on experience with those aspects of ESW. Additionally, I believe that by becoming an executive cabinet member, I will be able to become part of a close group of individuals who share the passion for renewable energy and a sustainable campus and future.

What is your level of 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 only been part of ESW for the current quarter, so my current involvement in this organization has been limited. However, I believe that I am the ideal candidate for this position based on my skills/abilities, personality, and work experience. I have proven leadership, public speaking, and financial skills through my former work experience at Café Ventanas. I was quickly promoted to a student supervisor position at Café Ventanas which entailed supervision and training for a constantly changing staff of up to 20 student workers as well as professional chefs in order to provide food services for thousands of students and customers per day. Through this position, my customer service and communication abilities were constantly tested and maintained at the highest level, as well as my ability to work effectively within a team or as the supervisor. Although the supervisor position had a limited scope of the financial aspects of the establishment (e.g. cash register, food cost), with the permission of management I took on a large role in the financial aspects at Café Ventanas. One of the financial innovations I implemented at Café Ventanas was that I created a financial analysis software through excel which was then utilized to predict consumption rates in order to reduce the amount of food being wasted on an hourly basis, as well as improving the scheduling process and reducing food costs (which significantly brought down the wasted finances and could be used to improve other areas of the business).

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?

Well I’d like to see ESW and our message expand to a broader base of students and individuals. That could be done through an increased effort in student/public relations where we focus on not only discussing what we do as an org. and our projects, but we also discuss practical, everyday steps to decrease the amount of energy wasted as well as educate about the correlation between wasted energy and the excess pollution it results in. For example, an idea can be to design stickers that go in all the bathroom showers that quickly and effectively breakdown the difference between a 5, 10, and 20 minute shower. The stickers could initially state the difference in water wasted, but then further show how water waste is only one of the problems that are occurring. The next line on the sticker can be how much energy was wasted as a result of the water waste, and then under that list the excess CO2 emitted into the planet due to that excess energy waste.
So I would say that one of the main ways I’d like to see ESW expand is in our effort to educate the students and public in how they can become part of the solution, rather than feeling like regardless of their actions, they have no impact on the environment because they’re just one person. So effectively, showing how every single person and their individual actions do have a large impact on the environment and our efforts.

Jason Mayeda

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

I believe that a significant part of being a successful engineer is to be able to work well with others and to be able to convey my ideas proficiently to peers, faculty, and others individuals who may have an academic background other than engineering. Thus, I hope to enhance my communication and project management skills through my work with the ESW solar projects and officer board as the Director of Solar Projects. I have been told that a place on the ESW board is very rewarding in terms of friends made and experience gained and I would love to be a part of it.

What is your level of 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 member of ESW since winter quarter of last year as a part of the Solar Chill project. From my time on Solar Chill I have gained experience on a number of skill sets, both verbal and technical. I have gained experience in interacting from representatives from industries through my work on the Solar Chill beta project, learned the fundamentals of pitching projects to professionals, as well as working on a project in a large group setting. During high school I worked for an organization called the Alliance for Climate Education, where I worked in a group of 8 other students to plan climate science outreach events for schools, in close operation with community leaders and organizations. From that experience I was able to develop organizational and project management skills that I could apply to the Director of Solar Projects position at 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?

All of ESW’s student run projects provide a testament to the hard work and the “learn-by-doing” approach that I believe is not implemented enough in our current public education system both at the University and secondary school level. I would like to use the Solar Projects we have as a tool to both teach and inspire younger students to pursuing STEM education in the green industry. I believe that for many students green technology and applications can seem like a very abstract or impractical concept. However I also believe that creating an outreach event to showcase our projects to high school students would send a very powerful message for the utility of Solar energy and potential of students to accomplish great projects as a part of the learning process. As the Director of Solar Projects I would like to, with coordination from the rest of the officer team, to plan such an event if it is within the scope of power for me to do so.