Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Majors: Dual Degree: BS in Physics-Engineering and BA in Politics
- President, Engineers Without Borders
- PAACE Chair
- Kappa Delta
- Contact Committee
- Women in Technology and Science
- Bonner Scholar
- Co-Chair, First Year Orientation Committee
- First Year Leadership Council
- Jubilee Women's A Cappella
- I interned for Speaker John Boehner through the Washington Term Program, for the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the American Enterprise Institute, and Accenture.
- I studied Engineering Science at the University of Oxford for my junior year abroad.
Post-Graduation Plans: Working for Accenture's Management Consulting Practice in San Francisco
Favorite W&L Memory: Working with Engineers Without Borders to install a clean water irrigation system with the villagers of Pampoyo in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia. I also enjoy tubing down the Maury in Lexington during Spring Term.
Favorite Class: My Writing 100 class: Schools of Magic with Professor Keen was one of my favorite classes at Washington and Lee. Professor Keen is an incredible professor who created a close-knit dynamic in our class.
Favorite W&L Event: So difficult to choose! Homecoming is always fun. I enjoy catching up with all the Washington and Lee alumni that come back home to Lexington.
Favorite Lexington Landmark: I love Lexington in the fall. The trees are so beautiful! Also I could not survive without LexCo cappuccinos — and their cranberry walnut muffins are to die for.
What's your passion? I am passionate about working with people to confront challenges and make a positive impact. Whether it is bringing inspiring speakers to Washington and Lee, analyzing the budget for the Pentagon's F-35 program, or testing water sanitation in Guatemala, my experience at Washington and Lee has enabled me to grow and develop this passion.
What's something people wouldn't guess about you? In my spare time I enjoy snow and water skiing.
Why did you choose W&L? I was drawn to Washington and Lee's close knit community and collaborative culture. I also wanted to study Engineering at a Liberal Arts College. Washington and Lee was the perfect fit.
Why did you choose your major? Why engineering and politics? I have always been extremely interested in pursuing a career in global security, whether it be working for a defense contractor or working in defense policy. I believe that in order to make good policy decisions, politicians need to be well versed in technology. I also believe that engineers must challenge the ethical implications of their innovations. I hope to bridge the gap between policy makers and engineers to help lead our nation in our technology driven world.
What professor has inspired you? It is extremely difficult to choose just one professor. Professor Mazilu is an incredible role model. As a female physicist in a male dominated field, she has supported and encouraged me throughout my time at Washington and Lee. Professor Erickson's passion for using engineering to make a positive difference around the world inspired my involvement in Engineers Without Borders. Professor Connelly's commitment to giving students the opportunity to engage with our federal government inspired me to apply for Washington Term and intern on Capitol Hill and for various think tanks in DC.
Advice for prospective or first-year students? There are so many incredible opportunities at Washington and Lee. Find something that you are passionate about and pour yourself into it.
What do you wish you'd known before you came to campus? Four years at Washington and Lee go by so quickly! Make the most of every moment.