Naing Ye Aung”19 is an international student from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and currently anticipating his Bachelor of Science in both Renewable Energy & Ecological Design and Environmental Studies minor in Natural Resource Management at the Green Mountain College. Naing chose to come to Green Mountain College for the small campus experience and the College’s sustainability focus.During his tenure at GMC, he held many co-curricular leadership positions – President: InterCultural Club, UNICEF, People Preventing Organic Waste, and Student Government Association. As a sophomore, he was employed by Residence Life as a Resident Assistant where he received hands-on experience in administering programs, building community and advising his peer residents.
Concurrently, he completed an internship in the Department of Environmental Science and TechnologyLab at the University of Maryland’s Waste to Energy Laboratory. The Waste to Energy lab’s main research focus is anaerobic digestion (AD) of different waste materials to renewable energy in the form of methane-enriched biogas through microbial processes by studying dairy, poultry manure, algae, and food waste to generate biogas. Currently, he is a work-study student in the Information Technology department at GMC which he held this position for three years.
More recently, he produced a book titled The Portrait of Resilience comprised of sixty-five extraordinary individual portraits of GMC students, faculty, and staff celebrating the human struggles they encountered, the wisdom they gained, and the confidence they built on the frontline of a contemporary battle. Published books are available on Amazon and at the Griswold Library and an exhibit of Naing’s work will be on display in GMC’s Feick Arts Center in Spring 2019.
“In each of these work experiences, I learned the value and joy of building friendships, providing inspiration to others, contributing to my community, demonstrating my high degree of commitment and involvement, and being flexible with my colleagues,” stated Naing.
As he is very enthusiastic about the possibility of working in the renewable energy field, Naing is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Energy Management at the University of Queensland, in Queensland, Australia in the Spring.