Paige Balcom is pursuing a career in development engineering and human centered design. A New Hampshire native, she earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and was recognized as Woman of the Year at the University of New Hampshire. She is also passionate about entrepreneurship and appeared on Shark Tank. After graduating, Paige spent ten months in Uganda on a Fulbright grant researching and building aquaponic systems to combat food insecurity. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Development Engineering and Design at the University of California-Berkeley as a National Science Foundation, Tau Beta Pi, and Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellow. Her graduate research focuses on transforming plastic waste into roofing tiles in developing nations.