Celebrating our Seniors: Akanksha Srivastava

Akanksha Srivastava
  • Hometown: Edgewater, NJ

Akanksha Srivastava

Major: Environmental Engineering

Why did you choose Cornell?
There are a lot of cool project teams, sustainability organizations, and research opportunities at Cornell. However, a big part of why I chose Cornell was the campus location and the surrounding natural beauty.

Why CEE?
I’ve been really interested in renewable energy and green building for some time, so I wanted to go into Environmental Engineering through the CEE route. I also decided to do an architecture minor to supplement the building aspect of the field.

Akanksha Srivastava with friendsWhat do you think was the most valuable lesson you learned while pursuing this major?
Environmental Engineering is a small major but a pretty big field. So it’s kind of important to explore all its sub fields and take classes in other engineering majors, (materials science, mechanical, civil, etc.), to figure out what specifically interests you.

What advice do you have for students considering CEE?
Don’t be afraid to participate in clubs, research, teams, etc. that interest you. They really add to the experience and you get a lot more out of your course load if you can make connections to real-world work.

What interests do you have outside your studies?
I do metal recovery research with Professor Greeshma Gadikota and I am a co-lead on the Ithaca Carbon Neutrality Policy team on Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD). However, outside of all academic stuff, I read a lot and play golf. I love watching movies and shows with my roommates and I’ve been trying to get more into painting.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am going to finish my M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering with a Sustainable Energy Systems focus and then hopefully get an industry job in renewables or sustainable building (architecture/engineering design). 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will be working in one of the above two fields, hopefully making contributions to cleaner energy usage. I want to be able to go to each national park at least once, so I will probably take trips to those parks on long weekends!

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