Adam VanGorder

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. While at Pitt, I participated in a short-term study abroad program in Peru and a semester exchange in Brazil. After graduation, I moved to DC where I worked in Deloitte's government and public sector practice. While there, I participated in a social entrepreneurship fellowship that took him to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he worked with an INGO that worked against human trafficking and modern slavery. A consistent highlight from all of these experiences was the fact that they brought people from diverse backgrounds and identities together, and our approach to finding solutions was strengthened because of it.

SIA stood out to me because it hearkened on this growing interdisciplinarity of the world. The program offers many varied concentrations, but also allows students to tailor the program to what they want to study. Despite the restrictions of the pandemic, the faculty, staff, and other students have been consistently welcoming and eager to help. My favorite part of the program is how pleasant everyone has been. There are lots of tumultuous circumstances currently in the world, but students, staff, and professors alike are working to make the SIA family as great as it can be. In my free time, I am a semi-professional singer, avid baker, and I love the outdoors (running, hiking, kayaking, skiing).

Academic Standing: 
Class of 2022
Course of Study: 
International Sustainable Energy Policy and Data Analytics
Email: 
ajv5128@psu.edu