University College London Postgraduate Award, University College London - Risk, Disaster, and Resilience.
Home for me is Lilburn, Georgia, a small city in Metro Atlanta. I started this journey at a local community college, Georgia Perimeter College, where I graduated with an A.S. in Engineering in 2015. Three years later, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program with a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering and a B.A. in German. During my undergraduate program, I completed several multidisciplinary research projects including an astronomy project in La Serena, Chile and as a Goldwater Scholar and a recipient of the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, an electric vehicle optimization project in Braunschweig, Germany. I developed a passion for humanitarian logistics research after stumbling across a paper that focused on optimizing the location of disaster relief shelters for hurricane victims. I plan to focus on sudden-onset events that affect large population centers and tend to cause further events that are disasters in their own right. While at University College London, I will conduct research with the Cascading Disaster Research Group at the Institute of Risk and Disaster Reduction. The Fulbright will give me an opportunity to gain a unique view of this field as well as engage with the local community. I am looking forward to hiking, attending musicals and football matches, and volunteering with a local equine therapy organization.