I was just beginning my journey of combining social impact + tech. My focus was on genetic engineering for ecosystem engineering and space. I did my first technical presentation. This was my newsletter.
I've done deep dives into carbon sequestration, the future of food, biomimicry, and energy. I've done 8+ talks, fostered new relationships, and learned a lot more about myself (how to spend my time, what matters...).
As expected, a lot has changed.
I'd like to reintroduce myself:
I'm Adara. I call myself a futurist, designer, and explorer.
I'm 17 years old. If I had to describe myself in one word it would be: curious.
My focuses (areas I am the most curious and excited about) are:
🌎Environment- sustainability, biodiversity, etc.
🔍Exploration - space, marine, and terrestrial. Curiosity deep dives.
🎨Design (with an emphasis on biomimicry) - problem-solving + art
At the intersection of all my focuses is closed-loop systems.
My mission is to help design closed-loop communities for earth + space.
A couple of graphics to explain visually (left: mine, right: Neri Oxman's Krebs Cycle Of Creativity)
In this newsletter, you'll find:
1. Love Moments - shoutouts to people in my life this year <3
Thank you so much for all the support, accountability, advice, fun times, and more this past year. I feel a lot of gratitude to have you in my life and to be able to learn from + with you. 💜
Another love moment to all my newsletter readers. Thank you for following my journey. It means the world to me.
Piezoelectricity: continued my focus on piezoelectricity with Kevin Zhu. Learned a ton about piezo, thermoelectricity, ferromagnetics, and other ways to harness kinetic energy this month. Will be wrapping up this focus with an analysis in early January.
Batteries: did a deep dive into batteries as part of a mini-challenge at TKS. Shoutout to my team: Ayaan Esmail, Ruhani Walia, and Shivang Mistry. Post challenge, we've spoken with people in batteries at Volkswagen and Boeing on our learnings.
Conversation with David Fork: one of the highlights of my month was a conversation with David Fork (Renewable Energy Technologist, Physicist @ Google). I admire his work and left with many learnings from our convo. Specifically, I am excited about deep dives into flight electrification and railguns in the new year.
I didn't spend much time on exploration-related items this month.
I became more involved with Ocean Wise. This also ties into the environment as most of their efforts are towards protecting our oceans.
Another series I enjoyed was Home on the future of housing.
Watson Institute: I am thrilled to be starting courses and work as part of the Watson Semester Accelerator! My mission in the program is Environment and I'll be in the Venture Founder Track.
Nuclear Waste: Moving from piezoelectricity to nuclear waste. The emphasis will be on how we can improve storage or recycle nuclear waste utilizing biomimicry.
My commitment focuses for the next few months are Watson and TKS (nuclear waste, philosophy...).
I have no idea who I may be this time next year. What I do know is that the best way to predict the future is to create it. I can take ownership of the things in my control and spend my time in a way that moves me towards who I'd like to be.
Have a magical 2021! 🎉
- Astro Girl
Call me Astro Girl ;)
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