People

Angela Harris (PI)
Origin: Atlanta, GA
Degrees: B.S. Georgia Tech, M.S. Stanford University, Ph.D. Stanford University
Interesting Fact: Loves to be in the outdoors, including hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling.

 

Judy Kays (Research Assistant)

Origin: Wilkes-Barre, PA and Albany, NY
Degrees: BS Food Science, Cornell University, MS Food Microbiology and Safety,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research interests: Microbial ecology, antimicrobial resistance and other survival
mechanisms in foodborne and waterborne pathogens, wastewater-based epidemiology
Interesting fact: I used to run a meatball factory’s quality control laboratory in the heart
of Chicago’s meatpacking district.

 

A B M Tanvir Pasha (PhD Student)
Origin: Jamalpur, Bangladesh
Degrees: Pursuing PhD in Civil Engineering ( projected graduation: May 2023) from North Carolina State University, MS in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at San Antonio, BSc in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Professionals.
Research Interests: My primary research interest is fecal pollution source tracking of surface and sub-surface waters. Also, I am interested in studying the persistence of microorganisms in different media.
Interesting Fact: I love soccer and traveling.

 

Sean Daly (PhD Student)
Origin: Raleigh, NC
Degrees: Pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University, B.S. in Environmental Science from Appalachian State (Minors: Mathematics, Geology)
Research Interests: My general research interests revolve around global water sanitation and hygiene in developing communities.  Also, I am interested in responsible management and innovative use of water resources in both developed and developing nations.
Interesting Fact: I have 29 first cousins!

 

Temi Ibitoye (PhD Student)
Origin: Bowie, Maryland
Degrees: Pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University, B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering & Sustainability from the University of Maryland Baltimore County
Research Interests: My research interests include water, sanitation, and hygiene in low- and middle-income communities. I’m interested in providing clean drinking water by developing innovative, affordable, and locally managed treatment technologies.
Interesting Fact: I’ve traveled to over 10 countries!

 

Olivia V. (PhD Student)
Origin: Camuy, Puerto Rico
Degrees: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University; B.S. Honors degree in Psychology from Colorado State University; M.S. in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Research Interests: Researching creative engagement strategies to enhance the capacity of communities to recover from disaster or mitigate hazards.
Interesting Fact: I hand embroider doggy bandanas (which I also sew) and make my dog his own squeaker bone toys.

 


Jeremy Lowe (Undergraduate Student)
Origin: Pikeville, North Carolina
Degree: Pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Exploring the determinants of fecal contamination and water access in low- and middle-income countries.
Fun fact: I love to run and cycle!

 

Michaela Hill (Undergraduate Student)
Origin: Albemarle, NC
Degrees: Pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology with a concentration in microbial health science, minor in Genetics from North Carolina State University.
Research Interests: The interaction of disease-causing microorganisms in the environment with the human body and determining the best practices in order to ensure human and environmental health.
Interesting fact: I was a competitive tap dancer for 9 years!

 

Daniel Cockson (Undergraduate Student)
Origin: Richmond, Virginia
Degrees: Pursuing a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Philosophy from North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Health challenges that transcend national borders and the complex interaction between global and local forces. Furthermore, I am interested in cultural perceptions of health and quality of life.
Interesting Fact: I am a certified stonemason and SCUBA diver.

Alumni

Gracie Hornsby
Origin: Franklin, NC
Degrees: Received a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in water resources, minor in Environmental Science in May 2020 from NC State; Started a PhD in Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in Fall 2020.
Research interests: Investigating ways to identify and quantify contaminants in drinking water, particularly in rural and low-income settings in the developing world. Refining methods for providing ample drinking water through decentralized water collection and filtration systems.
Interesting fact: I plan to section hike the entire Appalachian Trail in my lifetime!