ESP Biography


Major: Mechanical Engineering

College/Employer: Northeastern University student

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Past Classes

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Z14180: Climate Change and Public Policy in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Are you concerned about climate change but unsure exactly what public policy can do about it, or what the government currently is doing? Here's your chance to learn! We'll start with what economics tells us is the best way to reduce emissions, explore the benefits and challenges of that approach, and look into different variations of it. We'll go through what state governments and the federal government are already doing to reduce emissions in the US, and the main proposals for what they should do going forward.

E14193: Where does your electricity come from? in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Electricity just comes from the outlet on the wall, right? Sure, but there's a lot that happens before that. This class will bring you through the basics of the primary methods of electric power generation used in the US, including both the traditional sources (fossil fuels) and some new and growing ones. We'll compare them on metrics like efficiency, capacity factor, cost, environmental impact, and more. We'll compare what the mix of sources looks like now to what it might look like in the future. This class will introduce a bit of engineering thermodynamics, but it won't be a super math-heavy class. The main focus will be on the concepts.

E13153: Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Are you interested in renewable energy? Saving the world? Cool technology? The ~future~? Are you curious about where you can get a hydrogen-powered car (yes, they do make those) and whether you should? Come learn about fuel cells and why some people think they might solve all of our problems. We’ll cover the basics of how they work and what their different applications are. We’ll do this in context of the difficult logistics of creating an entirely new energy infrastructure that won’t destroy the planet but also won’t crash and burn and fail. We’ll look at where we are today with fuel cells, what they could do in the future, and their advantages and disadvantages in different scenarios.

Z13502: LGBTQ Legal Rights: Recent History and the Present in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
You probably heard about the big marriage equality Supreme Court case back in 2015, but that wasn’t the only US Supreme Court court case to address same-sex marriage - or the only one about LGBTQ rights. There’s a lot that makes headlines about LGBTQ rights, but the context behind those events, and why they happen the way they do, is just as important - and that’s what you’ll learn in this class. We’ll explore how LGBTQ rights in the US got to where they are today, and what issues still haven’t been resolved. Learning about this is particularly important if you’re LGBTQ, so you can understand what your rights are (especially discrimination protections, which we’ll talk a lot about). But it’s also really interesting - so feel free to come if you just want to learn about civil rights law or some court cases!