Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund Recipient
Alex believes that technology has the potential to change the world. However, during a previous internship at a typical tech startup, he found that their business model did not match his goals: “Days merged into weeks and months as I found myself staring at an Excel file I created, wondering if my supervisor would ever open it. I felt lost within the corporate shuffle, which led me to seek alternative opportunities and explore fields that I believe in.” Alex’s interest in new technologies, commitment to sustainability, and desire to leave a mark at an organization led him to intern at Agri-Cycle Energy, a company that collects organic waste to be converted into electricity.
At Agri-Cycle, Alex created a database to track each of the company’s collection trucks. Based on the data collected, he created a computer model to project the most efficient routes and highest pickup density for each truck. “From data analysis to route optimization, there were several components to this puzzle.”
Alex’s work has had lasting impacts on Agri-Cycle: “By the completion of my internship, I was able to model the cost of running each truck and forecast the most efficient schedules and routes to maximize revenue. I was told that my program is still being used today.” Thanks in part to Alex’s projections, “the company had to purchase another collection truck and hire a new driver to address increased demand.” Not only did Alex’s internship increase his knowledge of the waste management industry and his computer skills, it also helped Agri-Cycle to expand, providing even more New Englanders with access to a sustainable solution.
- Date July 19, 2016
- Tags 2016, Environment, Goodfriend, Science, Sophomore, USA