Eric Meindl has dabbled in science, ice climbing, even wilderness navigation.
He’s also been a talented soccer player, tri captain of the varsity team, and a robotics enthusiast.
But his biggest Brunswick legacy may well be his tinkering.
Passionate about engineering since he was a young boy, Meindl’s penultimate project during high school was an Independent Study Project designed to get Brunswick thinking about the benefits of renewable energy and solar power.
The ISP saw Meindl and partner Will McLaren ’20 prepare a Feasibility Study of Solar Technology for the school.
“I’ve always been passionate about building things,” Meindl said. “Tinkering. Engineering. Brunswick has been a great space to do that.”
The ISP featured an analysis of solar panel installation at Edward Campus, including detailed financials, location, types of materials, and of course, the benefits.
“We pitched a proposal for a green campus, including how to work it into the curriculum,” he said. “We investigated different ways to finance it.”
It’s a legacy to be proud of, to be sure, but there’s more.
Meindl was a member of the two-year Honors Science Research class taught by Dana Montanez, and two years in row earned accolades at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair. His 2018 project comparing the efficiency of solar cells earned 2nd Honors.
A top competitor in the Brunswick Middle School Lego robotics, Meindl worked to give back, volunteering throughout high school for the Lego Robotics program at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club.
“It’s wonderful to see them grow,” he said. “That’s been a really rewarding experience for me.”
Meindl was also a Vermont Leader, tackling everything from ice climbing to navigation, cooking, and community building for a contingent of younger Brunswick boys.
He said the experience helped him build strong bonds, something he expected college to also offer as he made his way out to the midwest after graduation — Meindl decided on Washington University in St. Louis for college.
“Trust,” he says, “is one of the main components.”