Steven Worrell spent the first 22 years of his life in North Carolina and has recently made the move to Tampa, FL. He is enrolled in the Peace Corps Master’s International program in Civil Engineering and Water Resources under the tutelage of Dr. James Mihelcic. Steve’s undergraduate degree was obtained this past May 2008 in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University. The majority of his coursework at Duke was related to Environmental Engineering, with very little emphasis on the structural and transportation sectors. While at Duke he was involved with the student chapter of ASCE, and during his senior year he led in the construction of their entry into the National Concrete Canoe Competition. He also was a member of several different design teams, and worked on an anaerobic biodigestor, photovoltaic system performance indicator, and helped design a theoretical water infrastructure for a futuristic sustainable metropolitan area.
Looking towards the future of his career, Steve is interested in learning aquatic chemistry in greater detail, as well as the sustainable implications for environmental chemistry of the future. Steve is excited that his time at USF will include study of public health and anthropology, to give me a greater breadth and understanding of worldviews outside of engineering. Considering that Peace Corps service will be part of his graduate degree, he hopes to be a changed person when he completes his term. Specifically, he hopes to be more conscious of how the personal and professional decisions he makes in the future have relevant bearing on the developing world, so that he can be a more informed global citizen. He also hopes that through training in and application of the concept of appropriate technology, he can help to bring the ingenuity and simplicity of engineering in the developing world to his engineering career.
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