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At Olin, I have learned to explain that engineering is about technical problem-solving. Moreover, I whole-heartedly believe that as an engineer I bring together systems, technologies, design, and people in a way that addresses real problems. And I love doing so! I also believe that this type of technical problem-solving is an effective way to address the real problems faced by people living in developing nations – access to clean water, sanitation facilities, communication systems, infrastructure, as well as machinery and tools for agriculture and other income-generating activities. I entered engineering with the intention of participating in this kind of engineering in international development, and I have tried to use my time at Olin to prepare to work effectively in this context.


Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Franklin W. Olin College Grand Challenge Scholars Program.