Hello and Welcome to my page! My name is Clara Miller and I am from a very small town called Acworth, NH. I am excited to graduate in May 2020 in Civil Engineering and Sustainability. I chose the dual major because sustainability, in my opinion, pairs well specifically with engineering. As our society progresses, it is imperitive to encorporate sustainabile collaboration to design resilienct infrastructure, technology and processes that can have a positive impact on society and the environment.
To get to know me, here are some of the things I love:
Whether it is hiking, running, yoga, skiing, snowboarding or surfing, I love being active and outdoors. I love baking, both to brew and drink kombucha, traveling, and cats.
I am excited for the opportunity to dive deeper in reasearch on how algae power can be utilized as a sustainable energy solution in a local, onsite harvesting setting.
Here I have attached reflections for my sustainability courses:
My experience with 501 allowed me to think about complex sustainability issues in a new way. By focusing on the techniques behind collaboration, the class taught me that interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration is key to progress in many cases. As we watch the world wither away around us, it is more important than ever to work together. Not just with people of the same background, but also with all academic and nonacademic stakeholders in the issue at hand. Since I have a scientific and engineering background, addressing transdisciplinary research as a process compiled of phases appealed to me. We defined phase A as creating the team and defining the problem, phase B as conducting research and coproducing knowledge and phase C as putting knowledge to action. Many issues, learned, are multidimensional and not strictly solvable by one discipline and the bigger picture encompasses many more stakeholders and specialists to give their input. The collaboration techniques I learned in this class has and will continue to shape my perspective in problem solving throughout my career.
One memorable topic of discussion was the idea of citizens science. When projects and research is happening in an area, it seems fair to get the public involved. The hardest part of any process is gaining public support particularly when they do not fully understand what is happening. Therefore, including them in the inquiry and discovery of new scientific knowledge can help them feel important, helpful, and, consequently passionate in the project. It was fun to go to the coast and work with some actual citizens scientists on one of our field trips. These folks were just excited to be a part of the science even if it was just holding a pole and reading elevation numbers. We learned about an organization known as Nature Groupie that works to recruit citizen scientists for their projects. Not only does it get people involved in science, it gets them outdoors as well, which has a multitude of its own benefits.
Another exciting part of this course was our ability to write a chapter in the sustainability textbook. It was an honor to be a small part of growing this new, unique coursework. Some information on sustainability is known, but the way it is taught is still developing. I love the ways that Vanessa teaches these complicated topics and to be able to work with my peers to bring her curriculum into one textbook was humbling.