COHORT 3: 2019-2020

Mentees

Mentors

Alejandro Borrego Sánchez


Adaline Buerck

  • PhD student at the University of South Florida

  • Research includes examining lead mitigation in locally manufactured hand pumps in Madagascar

Ariel Antonio Gallegos González

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in Sustainable Processes at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

  • Aspires to be a specialist in the development of sustainable projects and promote solutions to climate change

  • Co-founder of a Youth Association for Energy and Sustainable Cooperation (YAESCO) promoting sustainable solutions to residues management, water care, and environmental awareness

Amanda Mattingly

  • M.S. student and wastewater treatment modeling research engineer at North Carolina State University

  • Interested in wastewater and biological processes

Brayan Camilo Sánchez Zolorzano

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering at La Salle University, Colombia

  • Aspires to work in environmental mitigation and learn more about water and its treatment


Anna Libey

  • PhD student in Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Interested in evaluating interventions to achieve financially and operationally sustainable urban and rural water systems in low income settings

Delia Alejandra Suarez Alviso


April Desclos


Estefania Rincon Araujo


Carly Rose Finegan

  • M.S. student in Environmental Geoscience with focus on Geochemistry at Saint Louis University

  • Interested in wastewater contamination of urban watersheds of the Saint Louis Metro area

  • Interested in E. coli levels of urban streams and its usefulness alongside chemical tracers to identify source of wastewater contamination

Fernando Figueroa Velasco

  • Bachelor of Science at Universidad La Salle Oaxaca

  • Aspires to become a wastewater treatment specialist

  • Interested in the quality of water in rivers, as well as generation of energy through renewable resources


Cayla Whiteside

  • M.S. student in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University

  • Focused on hydrology and water resources with an emphasis on environmental remediation

  • Interested in the impact of food systems on the environment as well as sustainable water resource management​

Flor Elena Pacheco Hernández

  • Studies at Universidad Autonóma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Aspires to work with water sanitation in aquifers in Oaxaca, ensuring compliance of laws and regulations


Christine Ngan

  • Grade 2 Environmental Engineer at CDM Smith with focus in water/wastewater process design and hydraulic modeling

  • Interested in biological treatment design, increase of TDS, sulfate, and chloride entering wastewater collection systems

German Naranjo


Curtis Feronti

  • Environmental Engineer at Carollo Engineers

  • Interested in water quality and treatment through conceptual, pilot, and design levels of drinking water treatment and wastewater reclamation facilities

Graciela Durán


Destini Petitt

  • Graduate Research Assistant at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  • Interested in groundwater, storm water, and base flow surface water changes due to whole-watershed stream restoration

Ingrid Margarita Cavazos Contreras

  • Has a Bachelor of Science in Genomics Biotechnology

  • Looking to earn a Masters abroad in the field of Environmental Engineering

  • Would like to have her own business in the field of environmental biotechnology


Elizabeth Herrera


Irma Jazmin Silos Hinojosa


Emily Floess

  • PhD student in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University

  • Interested in energy poverty intervention evaluations and field measurements of cook stove emissions

Jacqueline Yitzel González Valdés

  • BSc in Genomic Biotechnology at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

  • Aspires to be a Scientific Affairs Manager keeping society informed about water issues and research breakthroughs

  • Interested in antibiotic resistance mechanisms in water-borne bacteria and wastewater treatment

Emily Victoria Schmitz

  • PhD student in Water and Environmental Engineering at University of Iowa

  • Conducts research in denitrifying bacteria for bio remediation and wastewater treatment

  • Interested in federal environmental policies which pertain to water quality

Johan Nicolas Soriano Ariza

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering at La Salle University

  • Aspires to become an environmental educator and work with vulnerable communities

  • Enjoys biology, chemistry, music, arts, and history

Emma Palmer

  • M.S. / PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin

  • Interested in mechanisms behind increased antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa following exposure to sub-lethal concentrations of silver and copper oxide nanoparticles

Juan Andrés Ortega Balderas

  • Studies Environmental Engineering at Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas UANL

  • Aspires to be part of a world-wide organization doing chemical analysis of contaminated water, soil, and contamination in the atmosphere

Erin Berns

  • PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin

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

Laura Estefanía Rodríguez Ortega

  • Studies Environmental Engineering at Universidad La Salle Bogotá, Colombia

  • Aspires to work with vulnerable communities ​


Estenia Ortiz

  • PhD student at the University of South Florida

  • Currently assessing seaweed farming in Belize conducting chemical and microbial risk assessments on seaweed to co-create appropriate standards for seaweed processing

  • ​Interested in water quality, treatment, and reuse in sustainable multitrophic systems for human and economic development

Laura Valentina Moreno Tamayo

  • Studies at La Salle University

  • Aspires to work alongside communities to create an impact helping others

Frank Schalla

  • Water Resource Engineer at Aqua Strategies

  • Has a background in water supply planning, hydrology and hydraulics, and environmental flows

  • Has completed projects across Texas, Oklahoma, and internationally in Central American and West Africa

Luis Mario


Grace Brofman


Luna Aquiles González


Hannah Hampson

  • M.S. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University

  • Conducts research in surface hydrology processes, water resource quantification, climate change adaptation methods, and resilience building in developing countries

Mayela Saucedo Martínez


Hunter Johnson

  • Graduate student at Stanford University

  • Interested in supplying potable water to cities in semi arid environments through techniques such as re-using storm water, up-cycling wastewater, and non-traditional sources of potable water

Maria Angelica Alvarez Bayona

  • Master in Civil Engineering

  • Interested in the purification of water and presence of potent microorganisms that can potentially cause diseases in humans

Jennie Kessler

  • Senior Environmental Engineer at Burns & McDonnell

  • Interested in planning, design, construction, and project management for municipal water and wastewater treatment plants

Michelle Briceno

  • Studies at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

  • Aspires to be an Environmental Manager

Jonathan Herrboldt


Nancy Edith Rodríguez Garza

  • Studies at UANL Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas

  • Aspires to be a researcher in microbiology

Julio Chavez


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

Katherine Ratliff

  • Physical Scientist at United States Environmental Protection Agency

  • Models environmental transport processes including the movement of water, sediment, and pollutants

Omar Jair Licea Martínez

  • Graduated with a Master of Science from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

  • Currently working to establish a civil association titled "YAESCO" along with friends, aiming to raise awareness on climate change and help lead a more sustainable lifestyle

Lucas Rocha Melogno

  • PhD student in Environmental Health Engineering at Duke University

  • Interested in biological aerosols in cities with poor sanitation and linking them to potential health outcomes through microbial risk assessment

  • Experience with Ceramic Water Filter research, low cost anaerobic digestion bioreactors, and rapid drinking water quality assessment

Orlando Mario Olaciregui Fontalvo

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Universidad del Norte

  • Aspires to become a professor to teach and learn simultaneously

  • Interested in the use of water and how to take advantage of its full benefits

Mariana Marcos


Osvaldo Romero Alavez

  • Studies Environmental Engineering at Universidad La Salle Oaxaca

  • Aspires to be an environmental consultant and researcher

Matt Landsman

  • PhD student at University of Texas at Austin

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

Perla Alejandra Estrada Baizabal

  • Studies Genomic Biotechnology

  • Aspires to be a researcher in a renowned laboratory where she can make an impact on her community

Megan Yen

  • M.S. student in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University

  • Interested in human health and the environment with an emphasis on sustainable development of communities

Rodrigo Flores Salinas


Mitchel Bartolo

  • Environmental Engineer at Trussell Technologies

  • Focused on recycling water, turning wastewater into drinking water

Rogelio Damian Luna Garcia

  • Studies Environmental Engineering at Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas UANL

  • Aspires to be an Envinmental Consultant

  • Enjoys reading and programming

Mojtaba Abolhassani

  • Lead scientist at CatalyzeH2O

  • Interested in engineered carbon-nanocatalyst composites and carbon mixed matrix membranes for water and wastewater treatment

Samantha Andrea Barahona Garcia

  • Studies Genomic Biotechnology at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

  • Aspires to become a bio technologist in the medical and pharmaceutical industry

Nicolas Duenas

  • Graduate Research Assistant at UMass Amherst

  • Interested in evaluating the performance of water treatment processes in the Mobile Water Innovation Laboratory, a tool that could potentially be used for on-site, small-scale piloting

Samuel Roa

  • Graduated from Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas UANL

  • Aspires to work in Research and Development of biotechnology

Rebecca Ventura

  • PhD student in Civil Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Interested in understanding failure in decentralized, resource recovery sanitation systems, and research applications of circular economy in sanitation

Sharon Nuñez


Rosa Cuppari

  • ​M.S. student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Studies the impact of weather volatility on financial risk for solar power and agriculture

  • Interested in transboundary water resource management, and how modeling these systems from a natural, financial, and engineered perspective can impact negotiations on water use

Sheila Covarrubias


Savanna Smith

  • PhD student in Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University

  • Interested in biological and ecological wastewater treatment, as well as microbial community assembly

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​

Sophie De Respino

  • M.S./PhD student in Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin

  • Interested in sustainable sand filtration using plant-based proteins as a bacteria and virus removal technique, as well as additional microbial peptides that may have a similar function

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​

Sungmin Youn

  • Assistant Professor at Marshall University

  • Interested in the comprehension of kinetics and equilibrium for adsorption processes, the fate and transport of biological warfare agents in storm water events, and community resilience against extreme weather conditions



Yash Gaur

  • M.S. student in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University

  • Interested in water resource planning, such as monitoring and controlling the use of water in agriculture using GIS, remote sensing, and satellite imagery