For starters, I have gone by my first name, Josh, until 2018 when I began going by my middle name Ross.

I was born on August 30, 1993 and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, where I lived until moving to Blacksburg for college.

Upon graduating high school, I enlisted in the United States Navy in which I lost 90 lbs to meet physical requirements. I scored in the top percentile for the ASVAB placement test. However, I was unable to receive a waiver due to poor eyesight. These limitations included severe myopia, astigmatism, corneal scarring and neurovascularization. 

I then started my higher education at community college for an Associate's Degree where I earned a 4.0 grade point average. Virginia Tech is my new home where I study the world as a geographer and planner. I was supposed to graduate in 2016 but ran into some trouble after a night of drinking with friends. The university suspended me for a semester which happened to be weeks before graduation so it forced me to stay an additional year. I then completed my bachelor's degree in Geography with great honors last May 2017. That additional year allowed me to pursue a completely funded Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. I will graduate Spring 2019.

I aim to better understand complex natural and human systems using geographic information technologies as a toolset and sustainability as a mindset. In my work, I primarily focus on sustainable environmental and economic development including green job growth, as well as building stronger communities with healthier citizens. My main interests include using earth observation techniques to promote environmental conservation, best management practices, site assessment, conservative land-use, biodiversity, ecosystem functionality, natural resource surveying and monitoring. These projects may include floodplain risk management, monitoring air quality, and carbon sequestration productivity of forests in the fight against global climate change all the while working towards strong community engagement. The impact I hope to make on the world ultimately comes down to the smiles on the faces of those I help in the present and those I wish to help in the future. 

I enjoy working with a group of people that also aspire to not only grow the surrounding community, but the world around us. I also enjoy canoeing, camping, hiking, and doing other outdoor activities with my friends and dog Esri.

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ENTJ: "The Commander"

(E)-EXTROVERT (N)-Intuitive (T)-Thinker (J)-JUDICIOUS

ENTJs are natural-born leaders. People with this personality type embody the gifts of charisma and confidence, and project authority in a way that draws crowds together behind a common goal.

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

-Steve Jobs (ENTJ)


Leo & Virgo

Conventional Zodiac Dates: Virgo. Seeks the goodness of human kind and makes their purpose for existence to be a good person. One of the most careful of the zodiac signs with main strengths being hardworking, loyal, and practical and likes being nature and animals. Virgos tend to be perfectionists and problem solvers. 

Newly Calculated Zodiac Dates: Leo. Natural born leader that is creative, self-confident, and often difficult to bored of, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to a Leo and their "king of the jungle" status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.