Although I am pursuing a PhD in engineering, I’ve taken somewhat of a circuitous path to get here. At age 13 I became interested in a career in professional ballet. Throughout high school and early college I trained and auditioned intensively and at 19 was accepted as a trainee at Ballet Austin in Texas (a position similar to an unpaid internship). I spent two years training and working with this company. These two years were both difficult and rewarding. At the end of my traineeship, despite still loving ballet, I was ready to move on to another chapter of my life.
My father was an engineer and while I lived in Austin I met several students studying environmental engineering. The more I learned about this field and the career possibilities the more interested I became. I was inspired to enter a field where I felt like I could make tangible impacts on the world around me, and I found this in engineering.
(photos from my former life)