I am currently a high school student who plans on pursuing a career in engineering at the University of Waterloo. Our current practices and technologies for producing many goods have extremely harmful impacts on the planet. The consumption of these goods is not likely to go down; and so companies and research institutions need to develop eco-friendly processes to produce these goods. I have always been extremely interested in learning about the strides that are made every day by these researchers to create efficient ways of producing and consuming energy and biodegradable products. I now want to be a part of this increasing global effort to help eliminate our stress on the world's eco-systems.