Working as an intern at an organic farm in Oregon during the summer of 2012 was life changing for Ben. This experience coupled with attending the Tennessee Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences the summer of 2013 led Ben to develop a passion for agricultural systems and processes. With Ben's desire for serving others and his interest in global issues, he intends to pursue and utilize a degree in Biosystems Engineering in order to create engineering systems solutions on a global level. He was selected as a participant in the HITES12 (High School Introduction to Engineering Systems for Twelfth Graders) in the summer of 2015. Ben's global perspective is enhanced as a student in the International Baccalaureate Programme in high school and as the founder of the Interfaith Society. He has also participated in Model U.N. and Robotics clubs. Although his long-term focus is on ways to provide global solutions to feed the growing world population, he currently oversees and volunteers at a local community garden in order to provide free produce to those close to home. In his spare time, Ben enjoys rock climbing, running, chess, and following professional football.