Joy Sure

Global Challenge: Clean drinking water

We are all interdependent despite the physical boundaries that separate nations. Whether we improve the present while preparing for the future or suffer much later is in our hands.”


I was born and raised in Kenya before emigrating to South Africa when I was five. Growing up, I enjoyed working with numbers, problem-solving, and I marveled at the ability of scientists and engineers to develop innovative solutions to various issues. This passion led me to pursue Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering because it encompasses my interests and provides opportunities to make a valuable contribution to society. Through my community engagement, I learned about the dire circumstances of underserved communities and learned about the importance of exchanging knowledge to make wiser decisions and empower communities. My activities in high school include preparing and distributing meals and donations to beneficiaries with the Rivers Foundation, tutoring students in mathematics, and I currently participate in Service Saturdays hosted by NYU UNICEF. I am also a member of the Chemists’ Club and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) where I currently serve as an underclassmen representative. When I am not volunteering, I enjoy reading and learning French in my free time. Despite completing my first academic year over 7,000 miles away from college, I look forward to applying the skills and knowledge gained to solve real-world problems and give back to society. I also hope to develop into a globally minded and socially conscious professional.