Milena recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a Master’s in Renewable and Clean Energy. While pursuing her Master’s, Milena worked as a Graduate Assistant for the UD Hanley Sustainability Institute where she led the Campus Waste Team, participated in the campus carbon neutrality planning, and worked with students and staff on a wide range of sustainability initiatives. For her master’s project, Milena developed an energy model for her own home and used it to design solar Photovoltaic and geothermal systems to make it zero energy. Her roof is now adorned with solar panels and she hopes some version of her “pipe dream” might follow soon.
Milena has a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering also from the University of Dayton. Inspired by her ETHOS experiences in Honduras and Cameroon as an undergraduate, Milena obtained a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to return to Honduras for a year after graduation to work as a Community Development Coordinator for the non-profit, Heart to Honduras. She then moved to Austin, TX to discover a new part of the world and work as an Engineer in Training at Texas Engineering Solutions, LLC. In this role, she designed and permitted infrastructure for water quality measures, detention facilities, streets, and stormwater and wastewater lines.
Before moving to Ohio, Milena and her husband took the opportunity to hike much of the western United States. They explored nineteen National Parks, camping and living out of their Prius, on a three-month adventure. Escaping into nature is still one of Milena’s favorite activities, especially with her husband, little dog, and the recent addition to their family. Milena also enjoys throwing pottery, tending their backyard garden, and cooking with the fresh eggs provided by one of their four hens!