- Hometown: Maryville, TN
Passion and compassion are the two main forces driving me to where I want to be in life. I have a fierce desire to learn more about the world around me, both in and out of school, and I strive to consistently be taking on new challenges to push and improve myself. Our world is undeniably flawed, and as an engineering student, I am committed to making a positive, long-lasting impact through my work. Problem-solving is at the center of who I am because I know I have the drive and the capability to initiate sustainable change in our society. I chose to participate in the Integrated Business and Engineering Program because it will give me the skills and opportunities necessary to make this change happen. The emphasis on taking a human-centered approach to solving real-world problems is what truly sets this program apart and drew me into joining. I hate limitations, and with this program, I do not have to limit myself by only choosing one path. The focus on interdisciplinary coursework perfectly aligns with my goal to have a deeper understanding of the world around me, and the collaborative aspect allows me to form lasting connections with other students both in and out of my field, as well as executives with years of industry experience. Going into the future, as new, unforeseen problems begin to arise, I want to be someone who leads the charge to tackle these problems, and IBEP is the first steppingstone on the path to becoming that person. For my career, I want to work for an innovative biotechnology company and serve as part of the research and development team to help bring technological solutions to the public. I am very interested in the interface between neuroscience and biotechnology, so I hope to work for a company that focuses on the connection between the two. At the core of my ambition is a deep-rooted commitment to improving the quality of people’s lives and leaving the world better than I found it.