21 Questions with … Eden Full ’13


efull-coxingphotoName: Eden Full

Age: 19

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Eating club/residential college/affiliation: Women’s Lightweight Crew, Butler

Tell us about Roseicollis Technologies.
Roseicollis Technologies is a project I started to deploy my inventions in both established industries as well as emerging markets. Our focus is currently on implementing The SunSaluter, a cheap solar panel rotator, to push solar technology to the forefront of the alternative energy effort in the developed world and electrify the developing world. The SunSaluter is a $10 solar panel rotating tracker that optimizes output by up to 40% through tilting the panel perpendicular to the sun. Because of its basic assembly, The SunSaluter requires less maintenance than a traditional tracking system and does not use electricity as a motorized one would.

What excites you most about being one of Thiel’s first Under-20 fellows and taking two years off to work on your startup?
College is a time for you to learn to understand yourself, make mistakes and meet people who are going to change you forever. I have had an amazing two years here at Princeton so far, but I could definitely use the time off to gain some hands-on experience developing a start-up. This way, I can understand WHY it is that I am learning what I have to learn so that when I come back, I can make the most of what I have left at Princeton. I should never take my college experience for granted, and I should never be in a rush to finish something I am not ready to finish. Moving to the Bay Area for the next two years will teach me so much. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am so honored to have this chance.

What are you most nervous about?
Not taking enough risks to live my life to its fullest.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do with the $100,000?
Buy a new solar panel.

What’s your greatest guilty pleasure?
“Lemme Smang It”, by Yung Humma and Flynt Flossy

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
All of my friends (specifically SC, JS, DX, IT, LW, EN, JF, CK, JC, JO ’13, SA ’12) and my team who have supported me unconditionally throughout everything. Thank you.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
I follow my passions and try to be a good person.

Where do you do your best thinking?
When the water is flat and the sky is clear out on Lake Carnegie. I’m probably supposed to be counting strokes or steering the boat, but instead, sometimes I’m daydreaming.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Green apple fruit tea with extra pearls at Fruity Yogurt, or Old World Pizza with mushrooms and black olives.

Describe your 8-year-old self in 5 words or less.
I love Pokemon.

What do you do when you’re not saving the world?
Watch Glee, play Beat Hazard to Infected Mushroom, lose track of time having fun.

When’s bedtime?
After I’ve done something productive – whether it be spend time with a friend, or develop a new prototype.

Best place on campus?
The bench out by the docks of the boathouse, minus all of the goose poop, or Whitman Dining Hall.

Worst place on campus?
West College.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Time, and maybe the Wisconsin/Radcliffe lightweight crew teams.

What’s your personal anthem?
“Bigger Than My Body”, by John Mayer.

What makes you laugh?
Monthly dramatic readings of Cosmo magazine with my best friends, or their flirting tutorials.

What makes you cry?
Knowing that I won’t be struggling through my senior thesis or junior independent work with the people I shared freshman and sophomore year with.

What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve done in the past year?
Almost wrecking the boat that Stanford had so kindly lent us during our first race of the season.

In 10 years, I will be … happy, preferably surrounded by a flock of baby lovebirds in the middle of rural Africa, or maybe I’ll be a really good coxswain.

What makes someone a Princetonian?
You are a Princetonian if you are still proud to be one despite the setbacks this institution will sometimes throw at you.

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