Elena Hume

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Elena Hume

Global Challenge: Sustainable urban infrastructure

Anyone can be a skilled engineer, but translating technical skills into positive innovation is reserved for those who choose to believe in a better world.”


I am a mechanical engineering undergraduate student at NYU Tandon with a minor in sustainable urban environments. I grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and I enjoy being with friends, gardening, and playing with my four cats. In high school, I played softball and was captain of the swim team. Since moving to New York City, I have become interested in the role of engineering in sustainable infrastructure and how consumerism influences technological development. As a member of the Hyperloop Vertically Integrated Project Braking subteam, I research the role of electromagnetic braking and how more effective and sustainable alternatives to transportation are possible in New York City. I hope to utilize these skills and the technical concepts I have learned from Hyperloop to conduct research on engineering implementations that increase social mobility. Additionally, I am a Teaching Assistant for the General Engineering 1003 course. I really enjoy the globally conscious and collaborative atmosphere at Tandon and cannot wait to continue learning within the GLASS program!