Food waste is a rapidly increasing problem globally, with serious short– and long–term consequences both economically and environmentally. A number of viable solutions to combating the growing food waste issue have been documented and implemented both privately and commercially, and among them, composting presents an effective and easily implementable solution. Georgia Tech has implemented composting networks across campus, while an unrelated project in development is developing an on-campus garden providing freely accessible fruits and vegetables for Tech's students, faculty, and staff. Via a carefully designed contingent valuation survey, we seek to determine the value to students of such a garden utilizing compost from Tech's networks as a way to explore students' perceptions of food waste problems and composting-related solutions. This paper documents the background of the food waste problem as it relates to environmental economics, and explains the process of creating an effective contingent valuation survey as well as the post-survey data analysis.
I collaborated with Mauricio Taborga, Nihar Ullal, and Alex Remilliard, and this paper was written as part of my ECON 4440 class, "Economics of Environment."
Georgia is one of the top states in the country in terms of electric car usage and sales, ranking second in recent years, only below California. Georgia Power has also begun an alternative fuel transition, with construction of two new units at the nuclear-powered Plant Vogtle schedules to be ready for operation sometime in 2019 or 2020.
This paper looks at the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the new nuclear units once electric vehicles are able to take advantage of them. Additionally, a cost-benefit analysis is conducted to determine reduction of electricity generation costs in regards to the electricity that electric cars consume.
I collaborated with Abdalla Abdel-Rahim, Muhassad Abed, and Pratik Khairnar, and this study was conducted as part of my ISYE 4803 class, "Energy and Environmental Analysis."
Finding the Right Outlets to Recruit Teens and Young Adults
As an intern at The Coca-Cola Company in the Revenue Growth Management department, I collaborated with two other RGM interns, Christina Fleischer and Benedict Wong, to solve this business problem.
Targeting the teen/young adult demographic is essential for the continued growth of a beverage business. Our goal was to identify growth opportunities geographically for this demographic.
We received raw data in the form of population numbers and were able to segment and bucket it. We derived population percentages and used trade areas to further drill down into our data. From here, we built a tool in Excel that would allow a user to paste in raw data and generate a pivot table-ready report. Users could view this report by customer, by package, by bottler, by city, by store, and a number of other useful filters. This report was also ready for use within Tableau.
Our methodology and the tools we developed to execute it will provide insights and influence marketing, financial, and supply chain strategy. It is useful not only for the Revenue Growth Management teams, but also for various customer and bottler teams as well as shopper and brand promotion strategy.
With our system, we can now produce store lists, maps, and product rankings for both bottlers and customers, which will enable them to more efficiently target the critical teen and young adult shopper in their specific stores and geographies.
All first-year students at Georgia Tech, regardless of major, must take an introductory English course that is crafted around a foundation known as WOVEN. Each letter represents a mode of communication emphasized by the curriculum: W for written, O for oral, V for visual, E for electronic, and N for nonverbal. English at Georgia Tech is rather unique because each professor gets to choose something specific that they will center their teaching of WOVEN around; this could be anything from sci-fi video games to Southern Gothic literature. I took a course centered around the evolution of films, directors, and cinematography through the Golden Age of Film to the present day.
This is my end-of-course portfolio - a showcase, in lieu of a typical final exam, displaying smaller projects done throughout the course that each focused on different areas of WOVEN.
In late 2013, my junior year of high school, Elon Musk's revolutionary idea for a transportation system - the Hyperloop - was popping up in the news everywhere. I read through the Hyperloop blueprint and was intrigued by the section explaining how the transport capsule's cooling system would theoretically function. This project was an attempt to identify potential issues with the design in the blueprint and with such systems in frictionless vehicles in general, and to redesign the proposed cooling system with fluids, thermodynamics, efficiency, cost, and feasibility in mind.
Over the period of 2 weeks, I was able to teach myself enough about how to work with CAD and CFD simulation software to experiment with models of systems I had created, and taught myself various fluids and thermodynamics concepts in order to better research the project.
This project was originally completed for my high school's science fair, where it won first place. It was entered into the 2014 Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair in the Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering category, and won first place there. Additionally, I received the Yale Science & Engineering Association Science Fair Award for the best overall project, across all categories, completed and presented by a junior.
It went on to compete at the 2014 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in Athens, Georgia.