2015-2020: Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering (Hydrology and Hydrodynamics), University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA

    • Dissertation: Satellite remote sensing and computational modeling of sediment dynamics at relevant scales to watershed management

2008-2012: B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA

    • Capstone design project: Ship channel bypass, a spatial solution for flood risk reduction in Sacramento

Professional Licensing

2015-present: Registered Professional Civil Engineer, CA

Research & Professional Experience

Oct 2020-Present: Postdoctoral Associate, Tropical Rivers Lab, Dept. of Earth and Environment, Florida International University, Miami, FL

  • Conducting integrated environmental and social data analysis to support the development of freshwater conservation targets for the Amazon basin

  • Part of an interdisciplinary and international team of eleven scientists partnering with charitable environmental conservation foundation

  • Leading data management and analyses coordination between three working groups using online collaboration environments

2015-2020: Graduate Student Researcher, SASWE Research Group, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hydrology and Hydrodynamics, UW, Seattle, WA

    • Conducting capacity building with the Bangladesh Water Development Board in producing a cloud-computing tool for satellite-based monitoring of suspended sediment concentrations in Bangladesh’s major rivers

    • Used satellite remote sensing to study the impacts of dams and landscape changes on suspended sediment concentrations in the Mekong River Basin

    • Developed watershed network model of sediment dynamics for predicting reservoir sediment yields in the Elwha River Basin

2012-2015: Environmental engineering consultant, CH2M (now Jacobs), Oakland, CA

2011: Environmental engineering summer intern, CH2M (now Jacobs), Oakland, CA

    • Conducted environmental site investigation, remediation, and compliance consulting services to address soil, groundwater, and air pollutant conditions

    • Held a breadth of roles and responsibilities in project management, engineering design, data quality assurance/quality control, and fieldwork

    • Served various clients in the public and private sector, and worked on multiple large, high-profile projects

2010: Civil engineering summer intern, California Department of Transportation, Stockton, CA and Fresno, CA

    • Assisted with field work, engineering design, and reporting tasks for construction, hydraulics, and environmental divisions

Teaching & Mentoring Experience

2020-present: Lab Student Mentor, FIU, Miami, FL: Tropical Rivers Lab, Prof. Elizabeth Anderson

  • Along with three other postdocs, planning and leading monthly lab meetings for fifteen undergraduate and graduate students with diverse backgrounds and interdisciplinary research topics

  • Closely mentoring six students in two lab focus groups on (1) Amazon River Basin and (2) rivers and equity

2020: Computing Helper, UW, Seattle, WA: NASA SWOT Early Adopter Virtual Hackathon, Prof. Faisal Hossain

    • Provided technical support for a week-long, end-user training on simulating data that will be collected by the future SWOT (earth-observing) satellite

    • Provided intensive, hands-on support for a single end-user facing technical challenges

2018-2020: Google Earth Engine Instructor, UW, Seattle, WA: WaterHackWeek and GeoHackWeek, eScience Institute

    • Main instructor in 2020; Assistant instructor in 2018 and 2019

    • Delivered hands-on tutorials for ~40 scientists on using Google Earth Engine, a cloud-based computing system for conducting satellite remote sensing and geospatial analyses

2019-2020: Guest Lecture, UW, Bothell and Seattle, WA: Water, Drought, and the American West Course, Prof. Avery Cook Shinneman; Water Management Course, Prof. Faisal Hossain

    • Presented three 1-hour lectures to engineering (undergraduate and graduate) students about sediment research for water management and career development

2017: Co-Instructor, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA: Landlab Earth Surface Modeling Toolkit, Prof. Erkan Istanbulluoglu

    • 1-day Short Course, 25 participants

    • Assisted with developing course materials and providing hands-on training for earth surface processes numerical modeling tool

2017: Teaching Assistant, UW, Olympic Peninsula, WA: Sustainable Water in a Wet Region Course, Prof. Heidi Gough

    • Summer study abroad program, 2 weeks, 2 undergraduate students

    • Taught hydrology and geomorphology during a 1-hour classroom lecture, 3-hour river rafting trip, and 3-hour hiking trip

    • Developed quizzes and provided guidance for students on capstone project

2013-2015: Professional Mentor, CH2M (now Jacobs), Oakland, CA

    • Formally mentored a summer intern/entry-level engineer on their project work and professional development