People
21828
page-template-default,page,page-id-21828,stockholm-core-1.2.2,select-theme-ver-5.3,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.3.0,vc_responsive

Alasdair Cohen

Alasdair is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Epidemiology in the Department of Population Health Sciences and the Public Health Program at Virginia Tech (VT); he also has an affiliate faculty appointment in the Environmental & Water Resources Engineering Program at VT, and serves as Research Director for the Berkeley/China/Virginia Tech Program for Water & Health. He earned his PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, and an MPH in Epidemiology, from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MSc in Water Science, Policy, & Management from the University of Oxford.  In addition to applied research, Alasdair has also worked for United Nations agencies to develop water and rural poverty focused indicators/metrics, and lived in Italy and China for ~7 years.

PhD Students

Amanda Darling

Amanda is a PhD student in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include drinking water quality and treatment methods with a focus on rural areas of Central Appalachia. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her Bachelor’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. In her free time, Amanda enjoys traveling and volunteering with organizations promoting community access to safe drinking water.  After graduate school, Amanda hopes to continue conducting research at the intersection of environmental engineering and public health, potentially working for an agency or NGO researching water quality and security.

 

MPH Students

Hannah Patton

Hannah is a Ph.D. student in Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) and a simultaneous M.P.H. student at Virginia Tech. She is a certified Engineer in Training (EIT) and has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Saint Francis University and an M.S. in BSE from Virginia Tech. Hannah’s research is centered on drinking water quality and accessibility in Central Appalachia. In her free time Hannah likes to trail run, mountain bike, camp, ski, and snuggle her rescue dog Olive.

Research Assistants

Rachel Guevara

Rachel is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise earning her BS in Environmental Science with a focus on Geology. She has a passion for water quality monitoring, management, and equity especially in karst areas, and has participated in several research opportunities in Appalachia, mainly in Southwest Virginia. Apart from assisting in (and conducting her own!) research, she enjoys volunteering for several outdoor projects, including the Clinch Water Watch Citizen Science Project and environmental cleanups on Natural Area Preserves along the Virginia Cave and Karst Trail. When she’s not in the field, in class, or in the lab, she can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons or reading a book.

Jiexuan (Jess) Huang

Jess is currently a Junior studying Statistics and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. She enjoys using her data analytics skills in various research groups, including but not limited to bottled water contamination and unemployment rate fluctuation prediction. She is also a performer doing both ballet and modern dance.

Pragya Khanal

Pragya is a senior double majoring in Mathematics and Economics at Hollins University in VA. She enjoys working with data to analyze real-world problems. Her research interest lies in the interdisciplinary fields of Public Policy, Gender, and Development Economics. During her spare time she enjoys reading and listening to music.

Joshua McCray

Josh is a third-year undergraduate student studying biochemistry and history at the University of Virginia (UVA) at Wise. His research interests range from organometallic ruthenium cage complexes to drinking water contamination and public health in the Appalachian region. In his free time, Josh enjoys hiking, kayaking, and volunteering with medical clinics.

ALUMNI

MSc Students

Amanda Darling

Amanda completed her Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2020. Her research interests include drinking water quality and treatment methods. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her Bachelor’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. In her free time, Amanda enjoys traveling and volunteering with organizations promoting community access to safe drinking water. [last updated 2020]

Research Assistants

Jingyi Cui

Jingyi graduated from  the University of California, Berkeley in 2020 with double majors in Applied Mathematics and Economics. Jingyi currently works at the San Francisco office of Cornerstone Research. In her spare time, she also serves as a technical consultant for Delta Analytics to help their partner non-profits drive impact through statistical and machine learning analysis.  [last updated 2020]

Yalu Guo

Yalu studied Civil Engineering at  the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate. She is currently a masters student at UC Berkeley, studying in Civil Engineering in the ECIC program (energy, civil infrastructure and climate). Her research interests are renewable energies and electric vehicles. In her free time, she enjoys stargazing, kayaking and cooking. [last updated 2020]

Ziyi (Jackie) He

Jackie graduated from  the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Statistics. She is interested in multiple areas of data analytics, statistics and computational finance. Jackie is currently working for Abbott Laboratories in their Finance Professional Development Program and plans to pursue graduate studies in the future. [last updated 2020]

Ethan Hessl

Ethan studied Molecular Environmental Biology at  the University of California, Berkeley and focused his major on key relationships between the environment and human health. He grew up in Davis, CA, and wants to make a difference in environmental justice issues related to drinking water in the California Central Valley. [last updated 2020]

Qingyang Song

Qingyang graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chemistry and History. She is now pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School. She is passionate about 20th-century Japanese history and is currently learning Japanese. [last updated 2020]

Yixin (Ethan) Sun

Ethan is a senior majoring in civil engineering and minoring in electrical engineering and computer sciences at  the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently applying to graduate programs in structural engineering and believes data science has huge potential to support and advance the field of civil engineering in the future. In his free time, he enjoys photography, movies, travelling, and cats. [last updated 2020]

Qiwen Xia

Qiwen received degrees in both Chemistry and Environmental Economics & Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. After exploring industries spanning from finance to clean energy through consulting and research, she now works as a Data Scientist at Facebook. In her spare time, Qiwen likes to explore the outdoor world with photography and occasional adventures such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. [last updated 2021]

Xinjia (Emily) Yan

Emily holds a B.A. degree in applied mathematics and a B.S. degree in environmental economics from the University of California, Berkeley. After she received her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, Emily has worked as marketing program manager at Synopsys Inc. She supports corporate marketing initiatives with her expertise in data analytics, research and public relations. Outside of work, Emily loves digital arts, blogging, hiking and playing the accordion. [last updated 2020]