WB 2015 – MSU Ecological Engineering in the Tropics

Costa Rica – MSU / UCR – December 26, 2015 – January 9, 2016


katelynMy name is Katelyn Dunaski and I am a senior studying Applied Engineering Science, with a concentration in Computer Science.

Since day one at Michigan State I have been presented with several incredible opportunities to be a leader and to grow as an engineer both in and outside the classroom. I am excited that this program will combine my knowledge, my leadership, and my passion to make a difference.

Academically, my degree has equip me with a global sense of how the world operates as a system. Our core classes have tied together our engineering and business disciplines narrowing our focus on the systems that are basic requirements for humans to live: food, energy, water, etc. In addition, I have taken both 300 level ISS and IAH with a focus on environmental ethics and how people interact with the environment. Through this program I can apply what I have learned and develop a hands on understanding of what these topics mean to the people of Costa Rica.

Professionally, I have worked in 7 industries, including extensive exposure to both manufacturing and IT environments. In Costa Rica I will be learning from peers and the local’s perspectives. This will be a challenge that will grow my social and technical perspective in the workplace.

Personally, like stated above, I want to make a difference. I want to be able to change people’s lives and be open to them changing mine. This program would be link for me between what I have learned in the classrooms of MSU and let me put them to action. This is the type of empowerment that I want to take into the workplace as I go forward to create solutions for people.


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