Here are the courses I have taken during my college career spanning from my time at St. Petersburg College to my graduate career here at the University of Florida. I also go into detail about a few of my courses and what skills I learned from them and projects I worked on while taking them.
Here I discuss the skills I used to excel in my courses and the projects I was able to accomplish!
AutoCAD: Technical Drawing & Visualization (CGN2328)
During my Fall 2014 semester at UF, I completed a course called CGN 2328 – Technical Drawing and Visualization. The focus of the class was learning how to draft using conventional paper and pencil methods and AutoCAD 2014. Not only did my hand-drafting skills improve but I became adept at using the AutoCAD program to generate 2-D and 3-D drawings. Below are photos that demonstrate what I’ve learned – drawings using various dimensions, attributes, and commands.
GIS: Survey of Planning Information Systems (URP4273)
In the Survey of Planning Information Systems course, I learned how to work with ArcGIS to analyze and solve real-world issues based on data and geography. Additionally, I understand GIS theory and how to utilize it to have a better grasp on how the ArcGIS program works on a conceptual and computational level. By knowing how ArcGIS operates on these levels, I can more effectively and efficiently use the program to solve academic and workplace problems.
Myself and three other colleagues completed a group project in this course by gathering data from online sources and using it in ArcGIS to determine how sustainable the ten most populous countries in the world are. Check out our results and discussion in the blog below!
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP): NSF Fellowship PhD Prep (ENV4932)
Since I aspired to go to graduate school to earn my PhD in Environmental Engineering, I took the initiative of attempting to secure the necessary funds as an undergraduate for my studies by applying to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) for 2016. To increase my odds of being a recipient of this prestigious fellowship, I enrolled in an NSF Fellowship Preparation course taught by my current research advisor, Dr. David Mazyck. In return, I received guidance under him, NSF recipients who took his course in previous years, Jon T. Powell, Priscilla Kissinger, and Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Ergas, and Dr. Zhang from USF to craft an application package worthy of such an honor. For their assistance and advice, I am truly grateful and learned so much with respect to organizing my writing concisely while still managing to be comprehensive and clear.
Although I was eventually informed that I was not a recipient for the 2016 Program, I was awarded Honorable Mention. For me, this was still a great honor and very encouraging. I have since reapplied for the 2017 Program among other opportunities. From applying to the NSF I developed a skillset that not only improved my overall writing ability but gave me a competitive edge in applying to future grants and fellowships.
Air Quality and Air Pollution Control Research Projects:
During 2015, I was in two classes (ENV4101 and ENV4121) which required that students team up into groups and engage in a research project on an air pollution topic. With several other colleagues, we assembled two research papers that thoroughly describe a topic along with its background. As team leader for both projects, I learned extensively about setting intermediate goals to reach larger, final objectives along with effectively managing and interacting in a team environment. Of course, without the excellent work and dedication of my teammates these reports wouldn’t be as informative and insightful as they are!
Research report on asbestos as an airborne pollutant (for ENV4101):
Formaldehyde Asbestos Final Report ENV4101 (includes reviewer comments as required for submission)
Research report on air pollution control within hospitals with particular focus on Shands’ installations on the UF campus (for ENV4121):
In addition, my colleagues and I also made a website and a 20 minute YouTube video discussing our air pollution control project further. Please see the links below to visit our website and view our YouTube video!
YouTube Video: Hospital Indoor Air Pollutants
Landfill Design and LANDGEM and HELP Models: Solid Waste Containment Design (ENV4300)
During my final semester as an undergrad, I took my senior design course in solid waste containment design. Myself and several other colleagues worked that semester on designing an municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill from scratch. Given an initial site with information such as area, topography, and groundwater level, we determined the layout and sizing for each landfill cell, the necessary foundation and grading to ensure leachate drainage, and designed the liner system, leachate collection and removal system, and landfill gas collection and control system. These last two designed required us to use models known as HELP and LANDGEM, respectively. HELP, or Hydraulic Evaluation of Landfill Performance, allowed us to determine the water balance within the landfill so that we can design the leachate collection and removal system sufficiently. Lastly, LANDGEM, or Landfill Gas Emissions Model, allowed us to design a landfill gas collection and control system necessary to meet Federal regulations for MSW landfills as laid out by the Clean Air Act. Below, you will find a link to our entire project report along with the PowerPoint presentations made for each phase of the landfill design!