Alex Ip

Student, Writer, and Editor in Atlanta, Georgia

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Born and raised in Hong Kong, I am a first-generation college student studying a B.S. in Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I am blessed to be a Lee Hysan Memorial Scholar and HKSES Scholar, and I hope to give back by advocating for people and the environment.

I endeavor to bring social change through storytelling. I am the founder and editor of The Xylom, where scientists share personal, authentic stories outside of their research. I work with science professionals in 18 countries and regions, where we converge on the intersection of what it means to be a scientist and how scientists interact with the communities they identify with, covering topics such as gender, race, work-life balance, the climate crisis and more. For my work at The Xylom, I have been accepted into the Class of 2019 of the Millennium Fellowship, presented at the 2019 Georgia Climate Conference and will represent Georgia Tech at the 2020 ACC Leadership Symposium at Louisville, KY.

Outside of my role at The Xylom, making sure that our society lives in harmony with nature remains one of my main concerns. I am a Climate Reality leader trained by former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, and part of Georgia Tech's Sustainability Student Advisory Council. I am also a citizen scientist contributing to the Zooniverse and iNaturalist platforms. As a result, I was given an exclusive invitation to write a feature for a WWF - Hong Kong insider event, and I secured an exclusive interview with a staff member of The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University's TreeVersity project. I also covered the City Nature Challenge in 2018, and obtained permission from legendary advertiser George Lois to write a review for his book, "Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!)". These articles are hosted on Medium.

If you do not find me studying, advocating or writing, I am probably at the gym playing basketball, at the Museum, or at a design exhibition.

  • Work
    • The Xylom
  • Education
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • St. Paul's Co-educational College