I am a project engineer (PE) for Skanska USA Building, Inc. and am currently working on a new "ground up" PK-8 STEM Magnet School in Windham, CT. I received my B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of CT in May of 2010 and am currently pursuing my M.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structures. My job (and luckily my passion) have to do with understanding how things are built (physically and mathematically), how to turn nothing into something. I love what I do, not just because it is a good job, but because it allows me to utilize my other skills and passions, which are generally not covered in my job description or degree. I have a fascination with peoples' relationships with one another. How and why we do the things we do. I found TED when I was in search of an "outlet." I needed something to look into while not at work. I am the type of person with a mind that cannot be turned off. At dinner I scribble ideas down on the table top (paper). Every jacket has a interior pocket with a pad and pen for anything I may come up with. I need somewhere to share my ideas. I am amazed at the variety of talks that TED has to offer. It is incredible the vast amount of knowledge, experience and passion that is floating around in this community. I am just starting my career and beginning to truly become my own person. I am learning and exploring every day of my life and hope to use the TED community as a tool. I cannot wait to interact with the other members of this organization. I do believe that this is the community that can create serious and positive change. I see each idea and cause in the TED community like a "wave," starting with the smallest of influences and building and building as it radiates outward among the members until it slams into the shores of society. Hopefully in the coming months/years I will learn from you all. I want to learn how to express my views and build them into packages that can be transferred from person to person. For now, I will creep around the background and learn from everyone. For all that you have already taught me and for what the future holds, thank you.
The act of creating and building, both from a physically and societal standpoint. I enjoy identifying goals and realizing all the different objectives that can be used in the pursuit of that goal.
This world is full of different people. No two are the same, but ironically, our ideas and goals often are. I find that people are generally not arguing about the "goals," but the objectives, how to realize our goals. My idea worth spreading (at least for the time being) is realizing that we can embrace our varied paths and instead of battling towards one objective, create a team. A team of different objectives that, instead of resist each other, compliment each other.
All ideas are more than welcome. My hope is to assist in the way we convey our messages. Ideas are wonderful, but we must built the bridge from our mind to the masses.
Communication. I tend to identify what is important to others and treat it as there own language which I can use to communicate.
I am new to this and my TED story is just beginning. So far I have spent many hours going through all the different talks, ranging the full spectrum of creativity. I am acting as a sponge, soaking up all this community has to offer. Each day I learn a little bit more. I learn how a group of dancers can communicate without words (LXD). I have learned the danger of a single story ( Chimamanda Adichie). I have learned various ways of treating and achieving happiness and success. The ability to learn through this community expands exponentially. With every talk, my sphere of knowledge expands. As it expands, there is more area of grab onto more ideas. Approach any and all things with a smile on your face, embracing the challenges and basking in the successes.
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