Coming from a small suburb city an hour inland of Los Angeles called Rancho Cucamonga, I have grown up around materialistic needs and corporate companies. My grandmother, and hero, was who opened doors to my being more environmantally concious and showed me how peronal choices and actions in everyday life could be risking the natural resources and damaging the beauties of our environment. My father, on the other hand, was a mechanical engineer and worked for General Dynmaics during the war helping to design missiles. As a child, I was very curious to what he did on the computer and what all his funny looking tools were for. So, he began to explain to me how he used certain software and tools to build three dimensional images of a design and what that would be used for in the physical world. The combination of my father sparking an interest in engineering and my grandmother instilling a state of environmental awareness has guided me towards the path of an environmental resource engineer.