Hi, my name is Bennett David. I’m a Pratt freshman from Asheville, NC and will most likely major in Mechanical Engineering. I’m excited to get involved at Duke as quickly as possible, and believe that serving on Duke’s Engineering Student Government is a great way to do so. I see ESG as a perfect blend of a.) a way to serve my new community and b.) a wonderful opportunity for fun problem-solving, and believe the 2022 President position is a great way to implement the collaborative leadership style I’ve developed up to this point.

Exactly what would I contribute to Duke as a part of ESG? According to ESG’s summary, I would…

  • Voice and represent the views, desires, and ideas of my class—while participating in generic ESG duties, keep my class in mind, and voice specific questions, concerns, or ideas raised by my peers (this particular component is specific to the 2022 President)

  • Represent the Pratt undergraduate student body

  • Organize awesome events like E-Ball, E-Picnic, E-Socials, and more

  • Coordinate communication with Pratt administration

  • Contribute to funding decisions for engineering student organizations

  • Spearhead a personal project of my choice as a means to visibly impact the Duke engineering community

  • Help design awesome Pratt swag

  • Gain valuable leadership and teamwork skills

  • Assume responsibilities the week after elections and serve a two semester term

  • Work alongside the current ESG executive board in the fall and aid the next executive board in the spring

Because of my love for problem-solving, my past experience as a representative, and my patient and cheerful approach to challenging tasks, I believe I am a great fit for the ESG Class of 2022 President position. Here is some more information concerning my qualifications.

  • For three years, I served as my robotics team’s Captain, and in my final year, our Mechanical Subteam Lead. “GLITCH” (FRC Team #5854) is a new team with small numbers and funding, and in my time experienced negative behavior from its adult leadership. While my time on GLITCH was challenging, it was an excellent learning experience in many ways; at key points in the team’s history, I was our big-picture organizer and problem solver. Within the context of our changes in adult leadership, I guided the team in a positive path by authoring our first handbook, consulting with our new coach as well as experienced teams far and wide to learn as much as I could about successful teams. I aimed to build a positive, supporting learning environment that empowered students through a new student-run, subteam-based leadership structure. Under the new handbook and structure, we made it all the way to the 2018 World Championship in Houston, TX!

  • For four years, I represented my high school class on our Honor Council, including my election as Honor Council chair for my senior year. As a representative, I participated in the hearings for any students who had violated the school Honor Code. As Chair, I was responsible for leading hearings. Because the Council represented such a wide range of viewpoints and personalities, it was often a challenge to synthesize the ideas of my peers into a consensus. My time as Chair taught me how to truly listen to those around me, and was a great way to learn to navigate debate-based conversations. As Chair, I also created programming intended to better educate the student body about how the Council operates, and thereby improved the school’s perception of our work.

  • While this particular role was not the product of a formal election, my five years as a community organizer taught me how to mobilize and effectively communicate with my city. The projects I organized were all conservation-based, and included people from my school, my Scout troop, my robotics team, and other community enthusiasts. I spent a couple years working with Audubon NC to help them meet their goal of 10,000 nest boxes for the threatened Brown-Headed Nuthatch. I spent a few more working on an initiative to educate my community about invasive plant species and how to properly remove them. Whether it was river cleanups, e-waste recycling, or pollinator waystations, these conservation projects involved numerous moving parts. I learned to plan ahead, build in room for error, and to rally when things didn’t go according to plan. Back home, many of these projects are still running today.

I greatly appreciate your consideration, and can’t wait to (hopefully) get working. Pratt freshman, vote for me on 9/25!

Note: I am in no way affiliated with David Bennett or his website davidbennettesg.tumblr.com. Please do not vote for David Bennett.