Joachim has been interested in the coastal and marine resources of Hawaiʻi ever since moving here. He tries to spend as much time as possible in and around the ocean, whether surfing, swimming, snorkeling, or spending time on the beach. However, time on O‘ahu has taught him not only the recreational, but also the cultural value of natural resources in Hawaiʻi, and what an integral part they have played in the history of the islands. He passionately believes that everyone privileged enough to enjoy the beauty that this place has to offer is responsible to do the best they can to conserve it. Thanks to Joachim's time working as a wastewater engineer, he understands the herculean task of reducing wastewater discharge from cesspools, and he admires the tireless efforts being made to improve the wastewater situation in Hawaiʻi. As a part of Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations (WAI) and as a Grau Fellow, he will be involved in monitoring project plans, organizing and participating in stakeholder meetings, and ensuring that project deadlines are met successfully.
Grau Fellow 2020
MS Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
BS Civil Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany