Josh Hester hails from Vermont and first came to MIT as an undergraduate. He said he chose MIT because he was drawn to the people he met on campus during a Campus Preview Weekend after he was admitted. “I saw that MIT people are not just hardworking nerds (which we are), but also equally passionate about a wide variety of extracurricular activities,” he said. “It was this balance of intensity in work and play that drew me to MIT and has kept me going in my many years here.”
Josh’s work for the CSHub focuses on a life cycle assessment method that will help building practitioners design environmentally friendly buildings. The method provides feedback on the impacts of decisions at earlier stages when the design is most flexible and has the greatest capacity to change in response to this information.
“I am interested in this project because I am concerned about climate change and want to help improve the environmental performance of the building sector, which currently accounts for a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions in the US,” Josh said.
Both professionally and personally interested in sustainability, Josh said he intends to continue contributing to a related field in the future. He hopes to help increase awareness of how our lifestyles and systems impact the natural resources that we depend on and foster changes that will allow us to thrive as a global community into the future.
Josh counts music and running among his other interests. “I’ve been playing piano since I was seven and have mostly studied classical music (favorite composer: Rachmaninoff), but also a bit of jazz,” he said. “I’m also a runner and enjoy running with my wife and son, who rides in the stroller for now, but will be running soon enough!”
He added that he is grateful for the support of the many individuals who have contributed to the funds that support his research, as well as the ongoing interest and intellectual support of the industry members who serve on the Technical Advisory Groups.