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I studied Chemical Engineering major at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) from 2014 - 2018. During my time at UMBC, I was involved with the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and participated in research at the Dusty Plasma Laboratory. I was employed as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate thermodynamics course and as an engineering summer camp counselor. As a member of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP), my grand challenge is Developing the Tools for Scientific Discovery.

After graduating, I am attending the University of California, Berkeley to earn a master degree in chemical engineering within the Product Development Program (PDP). My professional goal is to work for a space exploration company following graduate school and eventually start my own company focussed on developing energy and life-support systems for space exploration applications.

Why Join Grand Challenge Scholars?

The Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) focuses students on the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 14 grand challenges that will shape the 21st century. The program has helped me connect with other students at UMBC who wish to make an impact in both their community and the rest of the world. By examining this generation's most pressing societal, technological, and environmental challenges through various lenses, one begins to see just how interconnected the world really is. I joined the Grand Challenge Scholars Program because it creates a network of people from a range of disciplines willing to do whatever it takes to ensure a better future.



Over the summer of 2017, I worked as an intern with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technology Division at Indian Head. During my time there, I researched methods for increasing production capabilities of nano-propellants beyond typical chemistry labs. Part of my research focused on aerosol generation techniques in inert environments.

Learn More05/22/2017


Since the summer between my Sophomore and Junior years at UMBC, I have been working part-time and volunteering as a research assistant in the Dusty Plasma Lab, which is headed by Dr. Carlos Romero-Talamás. The lab is considered an applied physics lab and is operated within the mechanical engineering department. Throughout my time there, I have had the pleasure of working with mechanical, aerospace, and electrical engineers, physicists, and computer scientists. The diversity of specialties provided a well-rounded experience that taught me many new methods for conducting effective research.

Learn More01/08/2016


Participating in service activities is a great way to get involved in one's community and have a positive impact on one's environment. Since graduating high school, I have had the pleasure of participating in a wide range of service activities from which I have learned a lot about myself and my community. My most notable service experiences include my Eagle Scout project, the Science and Engineering Festival, First Lego League, Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE), and working in the UMBC community garden.

Learn More02/10/2016


During the Fall and Spring semester of my senior year, I completed two design courses aimed at providing a real-world experience in the area of chemical process design. Both project required the use of technical knowledge, economic, and communication skills, all of which are necessary when acting as an entrepreneur. I was able to practice setting realistic goals and accommodating for external influences such as market demand and resource availability.

Learn More03/14/2016


By attending UMBC, I have had the privilege of connecting with people from all walks of life. I have been influenced by friends, professors, classmates, and the surrounding community who have taught me that I do not need to go far to learn about the world from another perspective. My experiences at UMBC, including class projects, extracurricular activities, and on-campus jobs, have fostered my ability to connect with people from all around the world and work effectively to solve global challenges.

Learn More02/24/2018

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