Joe is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Environmental Data Science (EDS) at the Bren School of Environmental Sciences and Management UC Santa Barbara. Joe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. Having always enjoyed spending time in the outdoors he wants his career to focus on environmental work. After graduating in 2018, Joe worked as an environmental engineer consultant at Ashworth Leininger Group. His work mostly focused on environmental compliance for a variety of manufacturing facilities or building operations. Some of these projects included air permitting work in various California air districts, onsite hazardous waste and materials management, and writing Spill Prevention, Countermeasure, and Control (SPCC) Plans. One project investigated the reduction of carbon emissions by shifting away from natural gas through electrification of an energy intensive manufacturing process and significantly grew his interest in data science. With the completion of this Master’s program, Joe wants to use data science to improve renewable energy development and implementation both in the United States and internationally.