Ellina Yin likes to quote Horace Mann, who said, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for mankind.” Yin says the deep motivation she drew from that quotation led her to construction waste-water treatment as her path to victory. “I’ve always had an interest in water and preserving the oceans,” Yin says. “I can’t imagine myself in any other field.”
The 25-year-old is the youngest worker at her company’s headquarters. Her youth, coupled with being a woman, differentiates her from most of her co-workers. However, she says, her work ethic aligns most closely to the older people on the staff. She finds satisfaction in hard work but says this does not come automatically with most members of her generation.