Krystian Kopka

Krystian Kopka
B.E, Mechanical Engineering and Geology, Undergraduate

Cohort Level: Cohort - IV

Career Goal: Being a Northwest Passage Project expedition intern has been the best decision of my life, I have met the most amazing shipboard science team and student researchers. I learned more about myself, particularly what I value in life and what I’m capable of. Before my time with NPP I was a scared, timid kid who wasn’t confident about what he wanted to pursue in life. After spending time on the icebreaker Oden with the amazing people from NPP, I gained confidence in myself and I guarantee that I wouldn’t be pursuing marine research If I hadn’t been a part of that team. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and you can do anything if you put your mind to it. For me that journey started by taking that one step which was applying for that amazing internship and I can’t wait for the upcoming journey with NOAA-CESSRST. I want to continue conducting ship based research since that is where I feel my heart belongs and I hope that with my newfound confidence I can one day work for the NOAA agency or join the NOAA Corps and hone my engineering and leadership skills that I can contribute to coastal resilience and polar research. NOAA-CESSRST currently is working on coastal water quality research that delves into areas that I envision great strides being made in. I want to contribute my knowledge and passion into these extraordinary efforts. I know I will benefit and grow both as a student and an engineer because of this learning opportunity, and with the NOAA-CESSRST team we are doing something I can be proud of and that might help the world better understand how we can save our unique yet unfathomed oceans. Upon the completion of my undergraduate degrees, I plan to commit and work with the NOAA Corps where I can hopefully work on the Okeanos and other oceanographic vessels and assist in ship based research.

Expected Graduation Date: May 22, 2022

Degree: B.E Mechanical Engineering and Geology

Research Title: Carbon dynamics in vulnerable terrestrial-aquatic interfaces

Research Synopsis: Evaluating carbon dynamics and its relation to terrestrial-aquatic interfaces specifically in the Arctic coastal aquatic regions.