I was raised in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to the United States and currently reside in East Orange, NJ with my family. I completed my undergraduate degree in Structural Engineering at Princeton University in 2016 and decided to pursue a Master of Science in Structural Engineering at Rutgers University. The Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience program interests me because it aims to address the challenge climate change poses to coastal communities and encourages transdisciplinary collaboration. Developing strategies to mitigate the effects of intensified storm systems and sea level rise has always been of interest to me. I witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on New Jersey, as well as the threat other storms have posed around the United States and the globe. From a structural engineering standpoint, co-advised by Dr. Husam Najm and Dr. Jie Gong in the Civil Engineering department at Rutgers, I am researching methods to improve structural resilience to flooding and storm surges in coastal communities.