The summer of 2008 was a pivotal time for Josh. Having just completed his first year of college studying digital media communication, Josh traveled to Oahu, Hawaii to stay with a friend and his Korean family for three weeks on the island. Surrounded by Korean and Pacific Islander culture, incredible natural beauty, and copious amounts of water, Josh felt an overwhelming desire to change his path in life in hopes of contributing to the sustainability of this planet’s greatest resource. Josh then transferred from his former university to his now Alma mater, Tennessee Technological University (TTU Golden Eagles!) Nearing completion of the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at TTU, Josh began researching a long-standing interest in Peace Corps service. After looking into three universities with a Master’s International program in environmental engineering, he was incredibly excited by the sustainability-focused curriculum at the University of South Florida and contacted Dr. Mihelcic immediately! A year later, the Peace Corps interviews are finished, the acceptance letter has been issued, and preparations to move to Tampa are in full swing. Having never visited Tampa, the upcoming year has given Josh much to be excited about, as well as meeting an entirely new cast of people for his life experience! Josh with support from the National Science Foundation hopes to contribute to sustainability in the global water-energy nexus. Areas of interest include rainwater harvesting, alternative energies, water resource management, and many other areas involving global sustainability as it relates to water resources! Extra curricular interests include diving (SCUBA and free), mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, playing music (guitar, percussion), trying new foods, and traveling! The future is bright and wet, see you in the bay!
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