Being a Florida native, I was naturally drawn to the water. After learning I enjoyed math and physics in high school, I attended Auburn University to pursue a Bio-Systems Engineering Degree with a specialization in Ecological Engineering, and a general business minor, in 2015. Upon graduation from Auburn, I obtained a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2018. I was then admitted to the Florida Bar after passing the July Bar Exam. Please refer to the delineated tabs above for further information discussing each.
What is Biosystems Engineering?
Biosystems Engineering is Agricultural and Biological Engineering, which ensures the necessities of life, such as plenty of food, safe and clean water, renewable fuels, alternative energy sources, and a healthy environment. We apply engineering to the biological and agricultural aspects of ecosystems and the natural environment.
What is Ecological Engineering?
Water is my passion, so ecological engineering was my best fit degree. Auburn University offers a specialization of the Biosystems degree in ecological engineering. This applies environmental aspects that pertain to natural ecological and biological principles, such as watershed modeling, natural resource conservation, non-point source pollution, stream and river restoration. We also learned other engineering aspects such as road design and alignments and GIS.
Biosystems vs. Civil
Civil engineer degrees have an environmental option. That civil engineers' option is a biosystems engineers major. Both curricula overlaps in mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, hydraulics, site design, and GPS & GIS laboratories. Similarly, both engineers specify in topics such as air and water quality, harmful radiation, hazardous waste and solid waste management as well, but when planning a project design, biosystems engineers also use biological knowledge of the ecological systems surrounding those areas. Biosystem students learn about the land, ecology, and environment of an area more extensively than civil.
After conversing with, and shadowing, several professionals in various fields including the environmental engineering, ecological, and legal fields, I decided law school would be a positive experience to further my education. See the tab above labeled "Cumberland Law" for more information.