Looking for a career that integrates sustainability? This new series spotlights NC State alumni who are making a difference in sustainability.
Brendon Lynch, a 2016 graduate of NC State majoring in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, shares about his jump from campus to a sustainability-related career.
How is sustainability part of your current work?
I currently work for a engineering company, Biomass Controls PBC, to help develop a sustainable waste management system. I am an applications engineer and project manager for our product. I develop how the system interfaces with current waste management technology. The system treats both agricultural and human waste by converting the waste into thermal energy used to run the system. It also produces a byproduct called biochar that can be used as an air filter or a soil enhancer. We are working toward it being a 100% self-sustaining technology that’s perfect for sustainable environments and developing countries.
How did NC State prepare you for a sustainability-related career?
My coursework in my major, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, educated me about common problems encountered in the agricultural business, such as the environmental and financial impacts of agricultural waste management. My professors were top of their field in this business and had great hands-on experience working in sustainable agriculture practices. They have been a great resource for me to tap into in my professional career.
What message do you have for current NC State students hoping to integrate sustainability into their career?
Talk to your professors outside of the classroom! It can be much more exciting to learn about the real-world applications and obstacles of the topics you cover in class, and your professors are eager to have those conversations with you. They can often plug you into their networks of individuals and businesses tackling today’s sustainability solutions — there are so many that work directly with NC State.
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