COHORT 2: 2018-2019

Mentees

Mentors

Alejandro Villarreal Grisales

  • Graduated from undergrad from Quindio University, Colombia

  • Aspires to research aquatic ecosystems

Alma Beciragic

  • Currently a PhD student at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies the development of analytical methods to identify leachates from high pressure membranes used in water treatment

Ana Laura Vásquez Robles

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Oaxaca, Mexico
    -Aspires to study water treatment and climate change

  • Dreams of working in an investigatory lab and working for the United Nations

Alyssa Grube

  • Currently a PhD student at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies antibiotic resistance of bacteria and interested in science communication through outreach efforts in the Galápagos

Angie Nathali Puentes Zambrano

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aspires to work with communities on environmental conservation

Angineh Zohrabian

  • Currently a graduate student at University of Southern California

  • Studies power supply and demand coordination with renewable variable generation

Cecilia Isabel Peiro Alcantar

  • Studies Aquatic Biotechnology Engineering at Universidad Estatal de Sonora, México

  • Interested in attending graduate school to study aquaculture

  • Aspires to be a research professor and a politician

Anne Mikelonis

  • Works for the USEPA in Durham, NC

  • Studies fate and transport of radionuclides and biological agents in stormwater

  • Background in ceramic water filters, nanotech, and stormwater modeling

Carlos Abraham Canul Berzunza

  • Studies at engineering Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico

  • Interested in biological water treatment

Aurore Mercelat

  • Currently a researcher at 3M

  • Works on the development of water treatment membranes

Daniela Cristina Rey Romero

  • Graduated from undergrad in Dec 2017 and currently working in Venezuela

  • Aspires to do research about water issues (especially wastewater treatment and waste recovery processes) and be a professor at a university

Catherine Birney

  • Currently a PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin

  • Studies the nexus of water and energy systems with a focus on environmental impacts associated with the average American’s food consumption and waste habits

Diego Israel Borja Flores

  • Attends Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • Aspires to improve the health of animals and people

Curtis Feronti

  • Currently an environmental engineer at Carollo Engineers

  • Works on designing and pilot-scale water treatment systems

Eduardo Charry

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aspires to work with a scientific consulting firm and teaching communities about water

Erin Berns

  • Currently a PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin

  • Studies the biogeochemical interactions related to contaminant fate and transport with a focus on trichloroethene

Flor Elena Pacheco Hernández

  • Studies at Universidad Autonóma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Aspires to be a researcher that improves the living conditions in underserved communities

Fang Xu

  • Currently a visiting scholar at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies the nanotechnology for environmental remediation and the implications of nanomaterials on public health

Francisco Draco Lizárraga Hernández

  • Studies marine biology at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico

  • Would like to work in marine biotechnology and aspires to be an entrepreneur in sustainable aquaculture

Farith Diaz

  • Completed his PhD at University of Texas at Austin

  • Studies fate and treatment of mercury in natural water systems

Frida Victoria López Alonso

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Aspires to leading a non-governmental organization


Felipe Gutierrez

  • Currently an engineer at CP&Y

  • Works on biological water and wastewater treatment

Jesus Ricardo Rojas Manjarrez

  • Studies chemical engineering at Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

  • Interested in a job in sustainability

Hayley Schram

  • Currently a graduate student at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies water and sanitation in developing countries

Juan Manuel Martinez Villalobos

  • Studies biotechnology at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico

  • Interested in becoming an immunologist

Johnsie R. Lang

  • Currently a PostDoc Researcher at USEPA

  • Studies emerging contaminates, including harmful algal bloom toxins and per- and ​polyfluoroalkyl substances

Juan Sebastian Suarez Castañeda

  • Studies in environmental and sanitary engineering at Universidad La Salle Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aspires to be a scientist, politician, and mathematician

Karen Setty

  • Currently a PhD Candidate at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies risk management, appropriate technologies for water and wastewater treatment, and the science-policy-practice interface

Juliane Michelle Mora Arias

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aspires to study ways to mitigate and control the pollution of air and water

Karla Jimenez-Magdaleno

  • Currently a graduate student at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies health behavior and environmental planning

Laura Estefania Rodriguez Ortega

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aspires to work with vulnerable communities

Katherine Alfredo

  • Currently a researcher at DC water

  • Works on drinking water treatment

Lourdes Desireé Colio Medina

  • Studies chemical engineering at Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

  • Aspires to help the less fortunate in an international job

Kirsten Hiortdahl

  • Currently an engineer and project manager for EPA and DoD Superfund sites

  • Works on groundwater contamination, bioremediation of xenobiotics, and hydrogeologic modeling

Luis Felipe Duarte Lizarazo

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aspires to develop engineering and scientific tools to assess water issues in communities of all sizes

Kristen Studer

  • Currently a PhD Candidate at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies disinfection byproducts (DBPs) formed during chlorination with a focus on the toxicity of DBP precursors

Nereida Yuriko Aguilar Corona

  • Studies at Universidad Politécnica de la Zona Metropolitana de Guadalajara, Mexico

  • Aspires to work in the NASA Astrobiology Institute to understand the missing links of the origin of life

Lewis Stetson Rowles

  • Currently a PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin

  • Studies nano-enabled ceramic water filters and the social drivers that impact water use in marginalized communities

Nubia Rocío Quevedo Gamba

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Bogotá, Colombia

  • Interested in earning a master's degree in the modeling of environmental and chemical pollutants

  • Aspires to work in a chemical laboratory


Lucas Rocha-Melogno

  • Currently a PhD student at Duke University

  • Studies the the air-water interface with a focus on bioaerosols emitted in cities with poor sanitation

Paola Andrea Asprilla Carabalí

  • Studies at Universidad del Valle, Colombia

  • Interested in becoming a researcher with a focus on microbiology

Matt Landsman

  • Currently a PhD student at University of Texas at Austin

  • Studies the removal of natural organic matter during water treatment with advanced membrane designs

Omar Arvizu

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad Estatal de Sonora, Mexico

  • Aspires to solve tangible problems and improve quality of life in communities


Reinaldo Alcalde

  • Currently a PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin

  • Researches antibiotic resistance using microfluidics

Paola Elisa Vásquez Rogers

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Aspires to working in an analytical laboratory for water quality

Riley Melhern

  • Currently a PhD student at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies health disparities related to water in the US and point-of-use water treatment for removal of lead and perfluoralkyl substances

Reinhard Eduardo Matadamas Bárcena

  • Studies wildlife conservation at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • Aspires to a researcher

Rosa Cuppari

  • Currently a Master's student at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

  • Studies transboundary water resources, water security, the financial impact of hydrological uncertainty, and water markets

Ricardo Aragón Martínez

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Aspires to be a researcher with a focus on wastewater treatment

Soyoon Kum

  • Currently a PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin

  • Studies combined electrodialysis -Nano-filtration/Reverse Osmosis to remove natural organic matter

Rosa Alexandra Martinez Simbaqueva


  • Studies at Universidad La Salle Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aspires to be a researcher that improves the quality of life for communities and protect natural resources

Wiley Jennings

  • Currently a PhD Candidate at Stanford University

  • Studies fecal pollution in surface waters and interested in statistical and microbiological tools estimate health risks

Tzatzilt Cruz Bernal

  • Studies environmental engineering at Universidad La Salle Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Aspires to work on scientific projects focused on helping communities and the environment

Yushu Cheng

  • Currently a graduate student at University of Southern California

  • Studies data management, physiochemical processes, energy, and the environment