Madeline Foster is a senior civil engineering student at Cooper Union's Albert Nerken School of Engineering. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, she lived in Jirapa, Ghana, with fellow students from all three schools of Cooper Union. Her research focused on the complete process of firewood consumption but also included the implementation of improved cookstoves and composting toilets. In 2010, she received a Benjamin Menschel Fellowship with Jessica Friscia, presenting on the life of women in Northern Ghana.Madeline greatly enjoys teaching and is currently the Cooper Union Fellow at Iridescent, an engineering education non-profit in the South Bronx. Madeline serves as the president of the Tau Beta Pi engineering Honor Society and marshal of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society. She was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue a doctoral degree in environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. As a New Orleans native, Madeline is a proud member of the Who Dat Nation.About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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