Alex Lin was born in Taiwan, lived his childhood in New Zealand, but grew up primarily in the United States. The beauty seen from his early travels from childhood developed his strong interest in cultures, languages, and their respective natural surroundings. These interests spurred his pursuit of the environmental sciences, graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 2010 with B.S. Environmental Resource Management and B.S. Agricultural and Biological Engineering with minors in Watersheds and Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.
This background combined with his desire to serve people in less fortunate circumstances has led him to pursue a master’s degree with University of South Florida due to its partnership with the Peace Corps. His interests lie with resource recovery and reclamation particularly in the context of sustainability. He is currently attending classes while working with Sarina Ergas’ anaerobic digestion research group which can certainly be applied in any part of the world.
While Alex does not yet know his placement for Peace Corps, he is preparing for future assignments through different language and cultural immersions available in the community. He is currently part of TSA (Taiwanese Student Association) as well as an effort to help a local Burmese population which barely speaks English. These opportunities allow a completely different cultural experience, helping develop the common necessary skills for future development work with the Peace Corps.
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