As an Assistant Professor at the David Crawford School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Norwich University, I am finally living my lifelong dream of being an educator.
I am passionate about environmental engineering and science education at all levels. I believe that the best way to learn engineering is hands on – practicing the classroom lessons in the field. I teach primarily Environmental Engineering courses and am always looking to engage my students in my research and service activities.
My research program is in Environmental Health Engineering. Under this umbrella, I focus on two primary areas: Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR), and the fate and transport of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in our waterways. In both of these I look at risk based approaches that are protective of human health and the environment. Physiologically based toxicokinetic modeling approaches are applied in some of the exposure and fate studies I am researching.
For me the best part about being a teacher are my students. I am fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing group of students. I serve as the faculty advisor for the Norwich Chapters of the Society of Women Engineers and Tau Beta Pi. My goal is to help the creativity, zeal, and passion of these incredible students in any way that I can, but most of all to encourage them to serve as role models to the K-12 group, get more students (especially girls) excited about engineering and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
In my previous life I worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in various capacities, for Florida State University as an adjunct instructor, and for Environmental Management Centre in Mumbai, India as a Senior Research Associate and Sustainability Manager.