Elena Hume

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering


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. Since attending NYU, I have become interested in the role of engineering in sustainable infrastructure and the intersections between social justice, innovation, and STEM. As a member of the Hyperloop Vertically Integrated Project Braking subteam, I researched the role of electromagnetic braking and how more effective and sustainable alternatives to transportation are possible in New York City. As the head of Administration on the RoboSub VIP, I organize community outreach for the team to host robotics events for local middle school students. Last summer, I interned at Archer Daniels Midland in a process engineering role. This upcoming summer I will be joining Boeing in the mechanical engineering intern department. I am the Deputy Head Teaching Assistant of Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging and Equity (IDBE) for the General Engineering 1004 course. All of these great opportunities allow me to explore how technology can be a vector for social mobility and sustainability. I really enjoy the globally conscious and collaborative atmosphere at Tandon and cannot wait to continue learning within the GLASS program!