Postcard from a Fellow: Mona Abadian
July 21, 2023
Summer Adventures in Sustainability
As the summer sun shines brightly, I wanted to share with you the incredible experiences I've had during my first year as a Ph.D. student. This summer has been an exhilarating journey of research, learning, and making connections. One of the highlights was attending the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) 2023 Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I had the opportunity to present the results of my initial research on the circularity of polyurethane across the United States. It was truly an honor to share my work on creating a co-vision for transitioning the polyurethane foam industry towards sustainability. The conference was a platform buzzing with sustainability enthusiasts eager to explore and discuss innovative ideas.
During the conference sessions, I discovered a whole world of sustainability practices beyond my expectations. From sustainable agriculture and food system management to integrating sustainability into project management, the range of topics was astounding. It was enlightening to witness the breadth and depth of sustainable approaches, expanding my understanding of this vast field. I left the conference feeling inspired, armed with fresh insights and ideas to fuel my research.
But it wasn't just the academic pursuits that made this summer unforgettable. Despite professional engagements, I had the pleasure of attending a lively dinner party organized to celebrate a labmate's birthday. The table was filled with an incredible mix of individuals from various corners of the globe, each with their unique cultural backgrounds. Yet, we were united by our shared objective of making a positive impact on our planet.
Fort Collins itself contributed to the charm of this summer adventure. Surrounded by picturesque scenery and breathtaking nature, the town served as an idyllic backdrop for intellectual exploration and personal growth. The beauty of Fort Collins further inspired me to continue my research endeavors with renewed vigor.
In summary, this summer has been a whirlwind of academic engagement, enlightening discussions, and joyous celebrations. The experience has broadened my horizons and fueled my passion for sustainability research.