Alumni News

Alumni News

Andrea McFarland, Class of 2014

Andrea received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in 2015. Andrea is pursuing her Ph.D. at University of Michigan, where she also completed her Master's degree. For her Master’s degree, she worked on nutrient removal from anaerobic wastewater effluents. She was able to remove nitrogen with two reactor configurations: a membrane biofilm reactor and a granular sludge reactor. This project provides an alternative to traditional wastewater treatment that meets effluent quality standards while reducing oxygen requirements, and therefore energy consumption. For her Ph.D. research at University of Michigan, she is working on stormwater management in developing urban environments. She is hoping to reduce the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater using green infrastructure and natural infiltration systems. She will be modeling the optimal location of green infrastructure systems within a city network considering the environmental, economic, and social implications of the installment. She is currently working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and has aspirations of starting a sister project in Detroit, Michigan.

Kenneth Sears, Class of 2014

Ken received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation in 2015. Ken is pursuing his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. His research involves quantifying climate change impacts on different sections of the electricity grid and looking at potential adaptation options to mitigate the effects on the power grid.