Age: 18Reno, NV
Project Title: Localizing Heat with Carbon Foam for Efficient Solar Distillation
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
After a PhD, I think I would be pursuing a career in environmental engineering research while at the same time regularly playing my violin in an orchestra or a small chamber group
If you could have dinner with the five most interesting people in the world, living or dead, who would they be?
Alexander Borodin, Oliver Sacks, Rachel Carson, Albert Einstein, and José Antonion Abreu
What is your absolute dream job?
Working as a professor in environmental engineering focusing on developing low cost renewable energy technologies.
If you were a wrestler, what would your entrance song be?
'Humanism' by Stay Human
Aside from necessities, what's one thing you could not go a day without?
What lame superpower would you want?
Ability to go back in time. It would be cool to see how groups of people first began to organize into civilizations, migrate to different areas of the globe, and develop vastly different cultures throughout time.
If you could be on any TV show, which one would it be?
What is your favorite food?
Say you're independently wealthy and don't have to work, what would you do with your time?
I would continue to do scientific research, havily fund sustainable energy and urban development research, donate to charities, play the violin even more often, and explore outdoors where and whenever I can.
Which skill would you like to learn?
To cook well.
What is your favorite tradition or holiday?
Thanksgiving. It reminds me how lucky I am.
In the News
Reno Teen Awarded $10,000 Scholarship for Renewable Energy Project, August 24, 2018.
RENO TEEN AWARDED $10,000 FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT
Oliver Leitner to be Named a 2018 Davidson Fellow
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