2014 Interns

gargee_picGargee Anjikar is a Computer Science, Graduate Student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, originally from India. This is her first experience as a social media intern prior to that she has worked in multiple NGO’s helping teenagers and people by creating awareness about the personal and social challenges they face. Apart from that she has been a university level basketball player during her Under Graduation.



juan_picJuan Cruz was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Laurel, Maryland. He is a senior at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) majoring in Geography and pursuing a GIS certificate. He is interested in the impacts of population on the urban context, as well as the impact of conservation efforts on local people. He has a passion to see environmental efforts ultimately improve people’s lives.



austin_picAustin C. Davis will be entering his 4th year at Towson University this fall. After spending five semesters studying Music Performance for the bassoon, he switched to studying Geography and Environmental Planning, focusing in urban development, and working with GIS applications. In addition to his studies, Austin is the treasurer of the Towson University Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and is an avid cyclist and runner.



gabriella_picGabriela Flax is a rising sophomore at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and is now pursing a degree in Geography, Sustainable Development, and Arabic. Gabriela’s main focus is in sustainable water technology, especially regarding the Middle East, as well as other types of renewable energies technology. She is part of Transition St. Andrews, which is an environmental initiative in the UK to reduce carbon footprints through every day activities. She loves hiking and learning more about natural landscapes as well as sustainable efforts wherever she finds herself.



troy_picTroy Jiang is a rising 2nd year MBA student in Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Troy also received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Indiana University. He has backgrounds in financial services, marketing, and data-driven consulting. Troy has worked in the US, China, and India. When he is not learning “Business with humanity in mind”, he enjoys playing harmonica. He even won the world championship of harmonica in Malaysia prior to Carey.



kimberly_picKimberly Meistrell is a New Jersey-born designer currently pursuing her BFA in Graphic Design with a concentration in Sustainability and Social Practices at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In addition to her design work, Kimberly is also a community leader, serving as a France-Merrick Fellow and the leader of MICA’s Alternative Spring Break program. In these programs, she has explored the intersection of sustainability, design, and community service.




ashley_picAshley Myers has just graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communication Studies and a minor in Theatre Studies. She thoroughly enjoys teaching dance, practicing yoga, and doing activities that involve spending time outdoors. Following her attentiveness for taking care of our environment and her desire to travel, she will be doing a volunteer trip in Madagascar this coming Winter where she will be working on a marine conservation project for ten weeks.



ameera_picAmeera Rahman is a senior at Towson University pursuing her degree in Environmental Science and Studies with a track in policy and management. She has focused on participating in several volunteer stream clean ups during her time at Towson University. She has also participated in several Model Untied Nations conferences and excursions to help clean the Chesapeake Bay. Ameera volunteered as a teachers assistant for her local elementary school as well. During her free time she enjoys reading and swimming. Her favorite author is Neil Gaiman.



sohpie_picSophie Stoerkel is a rising senior at the Maryland Institute College of Art pursuing a BFA in Environmental/ Architectural Design with a concentration in Sustainability. Over the past year her work has shifted to focusing more on digital fabrication and in the fall she will be a technician at the MICA digital fabrication studio. In her free time she enjoys camping and traveling.




angela_picAngela Walker is a 2014 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of art, acquiring her BFA in Environmental/Architectural Design. During her time at MICA, she focused her design on sustainability through integration of natural systems. She has worked on a wide array of social and environmental design projects, those of which include: a portable water filtration system for disaster relief zones developed in partnership with University of Florida, the redesign of the Baltimore City Fire Department’s Mobile Safety Center, and a vision plan for the Old Goucher community. She is excited to further focus on sustainable initiatives that will better her home state of Maryland, and specifically, Baltimore City!



effie_picYingjia (Effie) Zhou studied Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University during her undergraduate life. As a young entrepreneur, she started her online boutique business (http://keaiee.taobao.com) when she was 16 years old. Currently, Yingjia is the chairman and CEO of an educational consulting business registered in Hongkong. During her years at CWRU, she was the treasurer of Omega Tau Zeta Sorority and organized many fundraising events, such as Charity Car Wash, volleyball tournament, bakery sale, etc. During her free time, Effie loves eating, shopping and hanging out with friends.



Advisors and Coordinators

Corinne BrinnerCorinne Brinner (John’s Hopkins Carey School of Business) is responsible for building partnerships with employers in the Technology, Energy and Finance sectors for job and internship creation purposes. Having previously worked as a recruiter, Corinne brings the perspective of the hiring employer and a wealth of experience interviewing candidates, most recently for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. At JHU APL she was responsible for recruiting entry level BS, MS, and PhD engineers and scientists. Prior to that, Corinne held the role of Corporate Recruiter for Aerotek, a nationwide staffing firm, where she focused on hiring HR, accounting, finance, and marketing personnel. Corinne holds BS and MS degrees both from McDaniel College in Sociology and Human Resources Development respectively, as well as a certification of Professional of Human Resources.


Bryan LeeBryan Lee is a MarylandEV.org 2013 summer program alumnus and is rejoining the 2014 program as an Internship Coordinator. He currently holds a position at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and provides his expertise in web development, project coordination, renewable energy technologies, and social media marketing. He received his Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S) Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from UMBC in May 2014.



Hugh PocockBorn in New Zealand and raised in the United States, England and New Zealand, Hugh Pocock’s work seeks as a location the points of transaction between culture and natural phenomena. The confluence of labor, machinery, civic/institutional infrastructure and natural resources, such as water, air, dirt, wind, bring to the surface that which, in its abundance, tends to become invisible to us.  Over the past decade, he has shown his work across the United States and abroad. He has shown in galleries and museums such as Portikus Museum in Frankfurt, Germany and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Hugh received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and then completed his MFA at UCLA in New Genres. He is now living and working in Baltimore and teaching Sculpture, Installation, Performance and Video at Maryland Institute College of Art.


Jill SorensenJill A. Tarzian Sorensen is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business and economic development management.  She is the co-founder and executive director of BEVI, the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative, a division of the non-profit International Center for Sustainable Development. Through BEVI and Jill’s other emerging technology work, Jill has facilitated the raise of $81.5 million in capital for technology and economic development initiatives in Maryland, across the U.S. and globally.  Jill has served as professional faculty at Johns Hopkins University 2005-present, teaching social entrepreneurship, innovation, business ethics and technology transfer.  She sits on the American Friends advisory board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Board of the International Center for Sustainable Development and rWilo, 3D printing company.  Jill earned her J.D. from DePaul University, her B.A. from Northwestern University, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting scholar to the University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007.  She has served as a panel and sole arbitrator in commercial disputes for the past twenty years, is a registered patent attorney in the United States, and is registered to practice law in Illinois and in the federal 7th circuit district court.


Jack SuessJack Suess is the Vice President of Information Technology and the university’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). The Vice President provides university leadership for information technology at UMBC and serves on executive leadership team of the university. The Vice President is responsible for  providing information technology services in support of teaching and scholarship, research computing, and administrative support. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, coordination, budget, personnel, and policy related to information technology at UMBC.



Eileen WoldEileen Wold is an artist, activist, and educator in Baltimore, MD.  Her research and artistic practice explore ideas of nature as a cultural phenomenon and energy production as a catalyst for changes to our environment.  Wold received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and was the 2005 Artist in Residence at Terrence Cardinal Cooke in NYC.  She currently teaches at Loyola University Maryland and Maryland Institute College of Art.  Wold has exhibited in universities and galleries around the country including The California Museum of Photography, University of Maryland, Hood College, Umbrella Arts, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn Artist Gym, and Gallery 402.