"I applied to the Scholars program because I have a passion for learning. I plan on pursuing a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and I am hoping that the Scholars program will give my a strong foundation in research. I think that research is invaluable and I want to be a part of discovering what the future may bring especially in terms of renewable energy, the topic of my research. This academic year, I would like to stay on top of my studies while still balancing my extra-curricular activities, such as USP, and to become admitted to a top Industrial Engineering grad school."
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Sales Engineering and Mass Communications
Operations research, and renewable energy simulation.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Florida Academic Scholars Award (2008-2012)
- Institute of Industrial Engineers
- Alpha Phi Omega
- Benton Engineering Council
Alpha Phi Omega Arthritis Foundation.
Hobbies and Interests
- Running, drums, piano, ukulele, Polynesian dancing, painting, and fashion.
The Future of Energy in Florida
The purpose of this research is to determine how much renewable energy needs to be generated in Florida if there is a law passed limiting the amount of CO2 emissions and the potential cost of implementing these changes. This is a pressing topic in that Florida was just recently ranked number 2 in CO2 emissions by the Environmental Integrity Project report and because congress plans on passing laws to limit the amount of CO2 emissions from power plants starting this summer (“Getting Warmer”). To be able to reach a conclusion, thorough research and calculations must be completed. First, the amount of carbon emissions and cost of production for every type of energy source must be evaluated. Everything from renewable sources such as solar, wind, biomass, and nuclear, to non-renewable sources such as coal and gas must be evaluated based on the carbon emission amount for generating 1 MW of electricity and the cost of generating that 1 MW of electricity. Next using past data, an energy forecast must be used to determine how much electricity will be needed in Florida during the next 20 years, which will be the horizon of the research. After determining the potential demand, and the congressional limit on carbon emissions for Florida, a conclusion will be reached on how much renewable energy will need to be generated in order to satisfy demand as well as the cost of producing this energy.