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My Passions

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
- Dr. Jane Goodall

 

Student Governance and Leadership

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I'm the President and as such the Ambassador of all of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), representing all of Arizona State University's (ASU) graduate and professional students.


​In my role as the first international-student GPSA president, I will challenge ASU to be transparent, sustainable, and inclusive. I supervise operations and activities of GPSA by managing directors, executive members, and their initiatives, events, and programs. I manage the GPSA budget and bring student issues to ASU's attention.

I am also given the honor to represent all 140,000 ASU students as the Student Trustee on ASU's Board of Trustees.

Research on Sustainable and Equitable Urban Heat Mitigation

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My research focuses on sustainable and equitable heat mitigation as well as communication and co-creation of usable science between academics, city officials, and the general public in the context of urban heat. My goal is to advance the creation and application of usable, policy-relevant knowledge that can help those that need it most.

I have led, co-led, and participated in studies/projects focusing on modeling, real-life observations, inventing new sensors (including a patent), identifying the gaps between science and practice, as well as facilitating and evaluating the partnerships between city, university, and community with a focus on heat resilience. In the latter role, I serve as a youth ambassador to represent their voices where they can't be.

SHaDE Lab Research and Leadership

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The SHaDE Lab is an urban climate research group directed by Dr. Ariane Middel in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) and the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence (SCAI). We explore the “hot” topic of urban heat in three dimensions: heat as it can be sensed by biometeorological instrumentation, heat as it is experienced by humans, and heat as it can be modeled using simulations.

Running, Cycling, and Swimming

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I came to AZ as a road runner, yet AZ changed me. Now, I'm an avid (trail) runner and experimenting with adding cycling and swimming to my portfolio. I recently completed my first marathon and my first Olympic distance triathlon. I like to challenge myself to new and unreached speeds and distances. More races are always on my calendar. I do it to challenge myself, not to win the race.