Thiago Esslinger

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT THIAGO ALEXANDER ESSLINGER VASQUEZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 13 and UNAI 9

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“Our way of living will continue to steal resources from future generations if we do not change. I believe the Climate Crisis should be taught and people must be shown how they can change, because our future can still be saved; most importantly, people have the power to change.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Green Education Initiative

The Green Education Initiative aims to educate students on campus sustainability. By providing access to this education, students will learn about climate issues, what their school is doing to combat these problems, and how students can take action on climate solutions. The final format will include a presentation that can easily be given for incoming First-Year students during their orientation. This presentation will include a discussion of existing infrastructure for recycling and waste management on campus, steps the school has taken to show leadership in sustainability and innovation, and how students can become involved.

Measurable Goals:

  • Create an accurate presentation on the climate crisis, Georgia Tech leadership in sustainability, and how students can participate/create solutions

  • Present at least 4 times in the first semester

  • Create a Sustainability Fair for all students to learn about the available resources and how to further help green efforts

  • Attempt to present at 2020 First-Year orientation

About the Millennium Fellow

Thiago Esslinger is a 2nd Year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying Biochemistry. Thiago currently serves as the President of Students Organizing for Sustainability, Environmental Impact Coordinator for the Earth Day Committee, and as a violist in the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. His two greatest passions include music and science, which he believes are powerful tools for climate activism.

Connect with Thiago on LinkedIn.

Lee-Kai Sun

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT LEE-KAI SUN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 2 and UNAI 1

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“I am incredibly honored to have been selected as a Millennium Fellow. Strategies to ameliorate campus-wide food insecurity will require the collaboration of many student leaders, and I am eager to work with other like-minded individuals to enact effective social change.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Campus Kitchens Project

The Campus Kitchens Project is dedicated to fighting food insecurity in the Georgia Tech community primarily through repurposing leftover meals from the campus dining halls. Through the Millennium Fellowship, The Campus Kitchens Project aims to develop a food recovery program for Georgia Tech's Greek organizations as well as implement "on-a-budget" cooking demonstrations in food pantries around the Greater Atlanta area.

About the Millennium Fellow

Lee-Kai Sun is a fourth year Biomedical Engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to his work with Campus Kitchens, Lee-Kai conducts immunoengineering research under Dr. Gabe Kwong, and was recently awarded the Goldwater Scholarship for his work in engineering T cells for cancer therapy. In the future, Lee-Kai plans to pursue an MD/ PhD in immunology or biomedical engineering and hopes to integrate his passions for academia and service to improve the human condition.

Connect with Lee-Kai on LinkedIn.

Hanka Kirby

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT HANKA KIRBY, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 13 and UNAI 9

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"I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow so I can use the platform to help further SDG 13 - Climate Action. I think the climate crisis is the single greatest issue of our time, and I am excited to empower others to take action.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Sustainable Events Initiative

The Green Education Initiative aims to educate students on campus sustainability. By providing access to this education, students will learn about climate issues, what their school is doing to combat these problems, and how students can take action on climate solutions. The final format will include a presentation that can easily be given for incoming First-Year students during their orientation. This presentation will include a discussion of existing infrastructure for recycling and waste management on campus, steps the school has taken to show leadership in sustainability and innovation, and how students can become involved.

Goals:

  • Create an accurate presentation on the climate crisis, Georgia Tech leadership in sustainability, and how students can participate/create solutions

  • Present at least 4 times in the first semester

  • Create a Sustainability Fair for all students to learn about the available resources and how to further help green efforts

  • Attempt to present at 2020 First-Year orientation

About the Millennium Fellow

Hanka Kirby is a sophomore at Georgia Tech studying Public Policy. She is especially interested in Climate and Environmental Policy. Hanka has been a member of Citizens Climate Lobby for over two years working to create the political will for climate solutions. In addition, she is very involved with Climate Reality Project - a group of people trained to help convey the urgency of the climate crisis and empower others to take action.

Connect with Hanka on Instagram, Twitter, & LinkedIn.

Haley Tam

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT HALEY TAM, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 11 and UNAI 9

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Millennium Fellowship Project: Sustainable Events Initiative

The Sustainable Events Initiative strives to help parks and other public spaces put on more socially and environmentally sustainable events and festivals. This project aims to reduce the carbon footprint of large events and increase environmental education and awareness for attendees. I hope to continue to develop collaborative partnerships with local parks and their surrounding communities to organize more sustainable and inclusive events in the future.

About the Millennium Fellow

Haley Tam is an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech studying Mechanical Engineering with minors in Global Development and Industrial Design. She has studied abroad in Oxford, Tokyo, and Hong Kong and is always seeking out opportunities to learn about new cultures and environments. Along with her passions for traveling, she is interested in sustainable development and design. In the future, she hopes to work with her sister to combine sociology and engineering to create sustainable and equitable solutions for global challenges.

Connect with Haley on Facebook & LinkedIn.

Alex Ip

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ALEX IP, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 17 and UNAI 7

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“My presence here is pretty unlikely.

My grandfather was a refugee. My parents did not have toilets or kitchens in their settlement flats. My dad grew up wishing that if only he could have a study table.

Dreaming small, being empathetic and having courage enabled me to become a Millennium Fellow and be at where I am now. The Xylom is my way of giving back to my respective communities by harnessing the power of storytelling. I will continue to make science inclusive, accessible and above all, human.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: The Xylom

The Xylom invites scientists to share personal, authentic stories outside of their research. Through revealing the human side of scientists, we aim to let everyone experience the impact and diversity of science, ultimately connecting scientists with people to further achieve SDGs.

Measurable goals:

  • Publish a personal, authentic story written by a scientist about issues outside of their research expertise every two weeks

  • Reach 3,000 unique readers

  • Work on the second part of our "Scientists, Meet Twitter!" series, a guide on how science professionals and non-scientists could leverage Twitter for professional and personal advancement. The foci for the second part are why a non-scientist should connect with science professionals on Twitter, and how these two groups could see through misinformation to learn from and build relationships with one another.

Follow The Xylom on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Medium, & LinkedIn.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ching Lam "Alex" Ip is a rising sophomore at the Georgia Institute of Technology, currently majoring in Environmental Engineering. A first-generation college student from Hong Kong, Alex is concurrently a Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme recipient and a Lee Hysan Memorial Scholar; he is also a Climate Reality Leader trained by former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore.

Alex is passionate about the power of storytelling and human connections in STEM fields; he aspires to one day contribute to climate action through science communication, public policy, and grassroots action.

Charlie Ye

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CHARLIE YE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 4 and UNAI 3

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“With the wealth of knowledge and resources that students can provide I hope to bridge the gap between Georgia Tech and the Greater Atlanta community, to allow students in low-income schools to have the same opportunities that we do.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Sharing Your STEM

Engaging groups of students to travel to Clarkston to work with refugee elementary/middle school students to share STEM experiences with them such as basic programming (e.g. Hour of Code) and 3D modeling/printing, to motivate them to pursue success in school and a future career in STEM. Looking to expand this to other schools in the Greater Atlanta Area to share some of the experiences we at Georgia Tech have on a daily basis that others may not. We hope to also share advice with parents of these students to help them prepare for college admissions. My goal is to host weekly trips to Clarkston Community Center and other communities we can reach in the Greater Atlanta area, reaching twenty children in Clarkston and over fifty in other locations.

About the Millennium Fellow

Charlie Ye grew up in Athens, Georgia and attended public school in a low-income community until he graduated and began college at Georgia Tech. He loves music and joined the Army as a saxophonist directly after high school. Charlie has always been passionate about service and has been heavily involved in giving back to the Atlanta community in different ways. At this stage in his education, he has begun taking on more leadership roles in service organizations on campus, including Share Your STEM and Bits of Good.

Connect with Charlie via Instagram, Facebook, & LinkedIn.

Biya Haile

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT BIYA HAILE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 10 and UNAI 3

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“Becoming a Millennium Fellow will be a driving force to pursue my long-term of the goal of creating ways to help communities. I wanted to make a difference in community building and sustainability projects. The program will provide me information and resources that will help me learn how to impact society at large as well as it will help me in personal development.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Connect Tech: Refugee Education

Our project’s main goal is to connect Georgia Tech students with refugees from the Atlanta area. We plan to engage students in our community by organizing at least 4 volunteer events a semester in collaboration with local organizations that support refugee communities. We will provide transportation and organize a volunteer event with Global Growers. We will organize a fundraiser in support of the local Friends of Refugees. We hope to continuing contributing our resources and knowledge on resume building, tutoring, computer skills, etc. to advance professionalism. We plan to increase awareness on our campus through campus outreach events like hosting a film viewings. We hope to build/create an established relationship with Global Growers, Friends of Refugees, and International Rescue Committee Atlanta Center so that Georgia Tech students can continue to carry on supporting these organizations in years to come.

About the Millennium Fellow

Biya Haile is a Juinor at Georgia Institute of Technology studying Mechanical Engineering as major. He is originally from Ethiopia and came to the United States in May 2015. Currently, working on increasing awareness on campus about refugees by connecting students to volunteer opportunities. In addition, working a reforestation project in Northeastern of the capital of Ethiopia, with the goal of preserving the indigenous trees.

Connect with Biya via Instagram & LinkedIn.

Amy Pollmann

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT AMY POLLMANN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 10 and UNAI 3

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“I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow to connect to a broader network of passionate students around the world who are actively making a social impact.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Connect Tech: Refugee Education

Our project’s main goal is to connect Georgia Tech students with refugees from the Atlanta area. We plan to engage students in our community by organizing at least 4 volunteer events a semester in collaboration with local organizations that support refugee communities. We will provide transportation and organize a volunteer event with Global Growers. We will organize a fundraiser in support of the local Friends of Refugees. We hope to continuing contributing our resources and knowledge on resume building, tutoring, computer skills, etc. to advance professionalism. We plan to increase awareness on our campus through campus outreach events like hosting a film viewings. We hope to build/create an established relationship with Global Growers, Friends of Refugees, and International Rescue Committee Atlanta Center so that Georgia Tech students can continue to carry on supporting these organizations in years to come.

About the Millennium Fellow

Amy Pollmann is a third-year student majoring in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. Amy is interested in pursuing a career in the domain of Smart Cities and urban sustainability. She spent this past summer interning at Inodu, a energy and sustainability consulting startup based out of Santiago, Chile. On campus, she is volunteers with Alternative Service Breaks and Habitat for Humanity. She is also a Student Well-Being Activator. In her free time, she enjoys running the Beltline in Atlanta or playing soccer at the recreation center.

Connect with Amy via LinkedIn.

Abigail Crombie

ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ABIGAIL CROMBIE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.

Georgia Tech l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 14 and UNAI 9

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“I'm excited to be part of an organization that brings together and empowers young people to make a change in the world and in the communities around them.”

Millennium Fellowship Project: Sustainable Phosphate Removal

The Sustainable Phosphate Removal team will work to reduce the amount of phosphates in bodies of water that are effected by nutrient pollution. They will provide an accessible way for people to treat water to prevent environmental hazards like algae blooms and eutrophication. During the coming months this team will develop an application system for the material they are using to reduce the phosphates.

About the Millennium Fellow

Abigail Crombie is a third year student at Georgia Tech studying Environmental Engineering and minoring in Global Engineering Leadership. She is particularly interested in water systems and resources and promoting sustainability. Abigail grew up just north of Chicago and loves the outdoors and adventure sports like sailing, scuba diving, skiing, and more. In addition to being a Millennium Fellow, Abigail is also a member of the Georgia Tech colorguard and Grand Challenges.

Connect with Abigail via LinkedIn & Instagram.