Student Feature – Matt Rankins

Matt RankinsMatt Rankins

PhD Architectural Engineering

EDC Certificate Completion: Fall 2015

Undergraduate: Missouri S&T

What are your hobbies outside of academic life?

Hiking, pick up sports, skiing, games (video and board), and travelling.

How did you become interested in global development?

Through my participation in EWB during my undergraduate studies – I realized my passion for using engineering to make a difference in people’s lives for the better.

Why did you join the EDC program?

I viewed the EDC program as a next step in my graduate studies to gain more experience in the world of both development and engineering.

What has been the most valuable thing you’ve learned from the EDC program?

The EDC program was exceedingly eye opening in the sense of making me aware of the many underlying problems inherent with most development projects – the EDC program does an excellent job of not only identifying these types of problems but also how to potentially avoid them.

Where did you complete your practicum?

I worked with Denise Mauney on a practicum in partnership with Dine College in Tsaile, AZ. The project involved working closely with 2 Navajo students at Dine to assess the energy usage and indoor living quality of several native Navajo families’ homes. Our team of 4 used various energy auditing techniques to acquire data from these aforementioned homes and furthermore provide recommendations to the families as to how they can better their living environments.

What do you hope to do after completing your EDC certificate?

I hope to obtain a job working with a company whose focus is energy development and design as to further use my passion of helping those in need by bettering their energy circumstances through professional means.

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