Matthew knows first hand the sense of waste and hypocrisy involved in throwing garbage or recycling in a labeled bin, while knowing it will end up polluting the environment in a landfill either here or across the globe. He is passionate about promoting global social justice through dialogue, service, and scientific innovation. He is happiest working in a lab and has worked in the fields of robotics/computer science/electrical engineering at USC and in evolutionary biology and biomathematics at UCLA during the summer.
Finnegan Keller’s interests may seem contradictory at first glance. He is passionate about the way things work. He loves astrophysics, chemistry and the emerging field of functional medicine. He is also fascinated with relationships, especially the dynamics of inclusion and difference. With six years of debate, he has learned to adjudicate, but as a certified peer mediator, he has had to listen rather than take a side. In his seasons of basketball and acting in plays, he’s begun to truly understand the value of being a member of a group, but while playing tennis, he has had to develop independence.
Ryan Lavery is a disciple within the art of self-improvement that seeks to refine his knowledge of authentic health from the world-wide-web, so he knows exactly how it feels when his cords break and cut off his access to the supreme databank of human knowledge. Ryan loves to study human psychology; the mindsets that make us succeed and those that make us fail, and what gives an Olympian their mental edge over the average person; but who truly wants to spend more than 100 dollars to fix computer chargers?