Ariadne Mytelka, 2017, Civil and Environmental Engineering

I had the opportunity to work at Climate Central where I developed a software tool for predicting wind energy generation on a daily basis. Climate Central is a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about climate change, and the tool I designed fits into this mission by providing a dynamic view of how local wind generation initiatives can reduce the anthropogenic contribution to climate change. I had a great deal of independence in creating the tool, making all of the judgment calls on which data sources and algorithms to use. At the same time, working at Climate Central allowed me to learn from the professionals all around me and have access to resources I might not have even considered searching for on my own. I also polished my communication skills as I kept my supervisors apprised of my progress and got their input on additional features they wanted to include. This internship gave me a taste of real-world collaboration – valuable experiences relevant to nearly any career path I might follow.