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===Engineering Physics Project===
Along with four other fourth year senior engineering physics students, I am designing and building a small scale solar simulator to be used for testing photovoltaic and thermal solar technologies.
===Teaching Assistant: APSC 190 Professional Engineering Skills===
I am very fortunate to work with first year students to help them develop a better sense of the engineering profession and the broader context in which their introductory technical courses will need to be applied. This year I helped develop and present lectures regarding the importance of ''Creativity in Engineering'' and the year before ''Engineering and Social Justice''.
==Interests==
We as a global community are currently facing incredbile challenges, environmental, social, and econcomic. The solutions we develop to meet these challenges will have profound effects on communities around the world for generations to come. I hope my education will help equip me with the necessary tools to contribute to the development of sustainable solutions to meet these challenges.
 
Some of the things I have been studying include:
 
*Integrated Design and Systems Management:
-Most engineering projects require expertise from a huge range of subjects (mechanical, electrical, civil, architecture, finance, medicine, etc.) to come together to produce a solution to the identified problem. Integrated design is the process of ensuring that all of these contributors are actively engaged with each other at each stage of the design, with the intent of developing a holistic solution which leverages the knowledge of all contributors. Design that is not integrated will produce systems and solutions that are as effective as the sum of their parts. Integrated design should ideally produce systems and solutions which are greater than the sum of their parts. Currently I cannot find a resource discussing this design philosophy here, and will be building one in the coming weeks. For a great example check out the [http://www.wbdg.org/ Whole Building Design Guide]
*Building Integrated Photovoltaics.
*Engineering and Social Justice
*Engineering and Education
*Energy Policy
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