Maeve Gould

Maeve hails from Richmond, Virginia and is in her first year of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Virginia Tech. She received her B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech in 2009. Her academic interest is in rural community and economic development, with a particular focus on business incubators, green job training, and bolstering energy services industries in the Appalachian region. She is also interested in entrepreneurship and the creation of economic centers, potentially through value-added agricultural and non-timber/forest products. Prior to beginning the Master's program, Maeve served with AmeriCorps Project Conserve at Boone, North Carolina-based land trust,Blue Ridge Conservancy. After that temporary position ended, she worked for regional environmental non-profit, Appalachian Voices, for about five years. In her spare time, Maeve can be found exploring the trails, creeks and rivers of the Appalachian mountains.


 Kooshboo Gupta

Khushboo was born and brought up in Kanpur, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India and believes her life is an example of Odysseus in the poem The Odyssey by Constantine P. Cavafy. In this poem the author describes one’s journey towards the final goal in life and how important it is to truly enjoy the journey and use it to be wealthy with experience and wisdom. 

After completing a masters in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Khushboo joined Virginia Tech in 2015 as a PhD student in School of Public and International Affairs. She became a part of the Office of Economic Development in 2016. Her research area focuses on Smart City Development in developing countries.

Khushboo enjoys travelling, watching films, swimming and heading out on trails with friends in leisure time.



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