Meet the Team – Samuel Yaney

Samuel Yaney is a Sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he is studying Mechanical Engineering. Samuel is on the BIPV/T-PCM team for Team Daytona Beach. He chose his major at Embry-Riddle because his brother is also a Mechanical Engineer, and he sees that it is a career with relatively high demand. Samuel decided to join Team Daytona Beach because he thinks solar panels and solar technology are cool!

We wanted to get to know Samuel better, so we had him answer some questions:

  1. We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do? Give it away.
  2. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? A person because of free will.
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up? An adult.
  4. Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes. There are three alphabets in Japanese totaling over 10,000 characters. Two are phonetic, ひらがな (hiragana) and カタカナ (katakana) while the third is non-phonetic, 漢字. The first of the two phonetic languages is used for Japanese words whereas the second is used for foreign words. Each consists of 46 characters (letters). The final ‘alphabet’ is derived from Chinese and is similar to Simplified Chinese.
  5. What are you known for? Watching anime in the lab.
  6. What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone? I can cook Japanese food.
  7. If you could throw a parade of any caliber through your school, what type of parade would it be? It would be a silent parade with no participants.
  8. If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? A boat, a jerry can of gas, and a map.

Samuel, we all want to thank you for your contributions and talents that you bring to Team Daytona Beach, and we are so glad that you decided to help make your mark on The BEACH House!


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