Walden is pleased to announce that Nikita Oarcea and Genesis Miller have joined our team. Oarcea is located in the Hudson Valley office, while Miller is based in the headquarter office in Oyster Bay, NY. The entire Walden team is excited to welcome them and looks forward to working with both Oarcea and Miller on our environmental engineering work.
Oarcea, from Accord, NY, is an Intern at Walden Environmental Engineering. He is a senior at the University at Buffalo, working towards his civil engineering degree with a focus on environmental topics. While attending the university, his favorite course was “fluid mechanics” because his professor did an excellent job relating the curriculum to examples he encountered in everyday life. “This helped me to better understand the material and made it more interesting and relatable,” said Oarcea. During his free time, he enjoys biking and fishing as he finds “any outdoor escapades to be time well spent.”
Oarcea is Walden’s first engineering intern through New York State’s Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program. This NYSERDA program focuses on facilitating student opportunities to work and learn within clean energy businesses or organizations that work in the clean energy sector, renewable energy, solar, energy storage, and distribution. This will include energy efficiency audits and investigations, solar and energy storage feasibility studies and other related research and development topics focusing on applications in the water, wastewater and solid waste industries. Walden is pleased to involve Oarcea in these types of projects and to contribute to the advancement of these options for our clients and communities.
Walden also welcomes Genesis Miller, from Denver, CO. She is enrolled in the Co-Op program at Hofstra University where she is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with minors in Drama and Mathematics. Throughout her years at the university, her favorite course was “Statics.” “Building the small-scale, balsa wood truss bridge at the end of the semester was a culmination of applied mathematics and basic structural analysis, which was my introduction on how to think like an engineer.” During her free time, Miller enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, going hiking/rock climbing, and going on long drives to get ice cream.
“Engineering is the art of modeling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyze so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.”
– Dr. AR Dykes
Walden’s partnership in the NYSERDA program will continue through 2021 and into 2022. If you are interested in a similar engineering internship opportunity, please contact Walden today. Walden will continue to seek interested internship candidates for the NYSERDA and other internship opportunities.