Recognizable Me: How’s it going? My name’s Stephen Group. I was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Colorado when I was 3. Although I have no memories of growing up there, I’ve visited a few times and absolutely love it; I would move there if I could. My mom was born in Colombia, and I have a cavalcade of relatives living there. I make sure to visit Bogota at least once every two years. No matter how many times I visit South America, each time I do is like crossing over into a dream world. I should consider myself lucky to have cultural roots in such amazing places.
I’m currently studying chemical engineering at CU with a minor in Philosophy. I wanted to become an engineer to try and tackle some of the challenges surrounding renewable energy production. I believe that the problems currently plaguing the industry – economic cost, environmental waste, social injustice – are a cascade of issues. Once the U.S. becomes energy independent and self-sustaining, so many other problems will be solved. Philosophy interests me as a supplement, because it’s important to recognize the belief systems that motivate the pursuit of technology. For instance, is the development of wind/solar energy an egalitarian aim? Will it hinder economic prosperity? Learning to balance difference value systems is crucial in the path toward sustainability.
Where I’m at: This is my fourth year at the University of Colorado. I’m currently residing in Aurora and have a part time job as a cashier. It’s not glamorous by any means, but it helps pay the bills. I lived in on campus for a few years, which had its perks and draw backs. Definitely the best thing about living in Boulder is being able to go just about anywhere during the day – bike trails, mountain paths, and the creek – and still feel at home. Then again, there are few places to park and fewer places to study in solitude.That’s one of the reasons why I decided to commute. It’s also a lot more affordable despite being less convenient.
What I want: I’m taking this class to make myself marketable in an industry that is becoming staunchly competitive. One of my goals is to work for a national laboratory and to do research; in this industry, it’s important to get an internship at either a government facility or business before graduating. Learning how to cater my resume and cover letter for a position like that would be very beneficial. I also hope to pick up few useful skills from Lynda, which I’ve heard is a great resource. My plan is to learn CAD and Autodesk, which will give me skills for visualization, planning, and 3D modeling. Even though I’m doing chemical engineering, the demand for versatility is ever growing. That’s why it’s important for me to acquire as many different skills as possible.
Hobbies and Interests: Before my freshman year of college, I first and foremost identified myself as a writer. For the past few years, I’ve spent my free time thinking about stories. That’s my real passion: deconstructing, analyzing, and appreciating film, television, theater… I like to study pretty much every art form. Anybody seen The Night Of? It’s incredibly insightful commentary of our flawed justice system – anyway. I’m currently a freelance entertainment blogger, which entails writing reviews, criticism, and think pieces about popular culture. And, when I’m not writing about other people’s art, I try to make my own. I write short stories, draw, and compose music. Finding the time to be creative can be arduous endeavor, but I feel it’s necessary to counter the stress of a career like engineering.