Beimnet Shitaye ’20, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Certificate(s): Sustainable Energy

I spent my summer learning about and understanding Princeton’s vertical farm as part of an ongoing effort to expand it and make the farm more accessible to the student body. My internship combined engineering with understanding the inner workings of the business side of vertical farming. Using a pre-purchased railing system, I devised a plan to produce the space-saving vertical farm envisioned. After working to perfect a 3D-printed plate, I was able to connect the shelving units to the rails to create a working system. By the end of the summer, not only had we successfully accomplished the construction of a smaller-scale farm in Forbes College, but we also had integrated the added necessary components of practicality, affordability and resourcefulness