The 2011-2012 Steinbrenner U.S. Environmental Sustainability Fellows
The Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Steinbrenner Institute U.S. Environmental Sustainability Fellowships. The Fellowship program, which is supported by the Colcom Foundation, offers competitive three-year awards to PhD students for the study of interdisciplinary topics related to U.S. environmental sustainability.
With support from the Colcom Foundation, the Steinbrenner Institute has been exploring the dimensions of environmental carrying capacity with a focus on the United States. Environmental carrying capacity is an ecological concept defined generally as the population of organisms that can be sustained at a steady state considering the resources available in the ecosystem in which they reside. The Colcom Foundation has provided the opportunity to engage in scholarly exploration of the ways in which changes in the population might impact the availability of natural resources; and how those natural resources might be limiting factors to quality of life standards.
Rachel received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Carnegie Mellon, in Civil Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy in 2010 and Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2011. She is originally from Los Angeles, California. Rachel is a current PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her primary academic and research interests are in sustainability planning in regards to population growth, climate change, and limited resources. (Advisors: H. Scott Matthews and Chris Hendrickson)
Russell comes to the Engineering & Public Policy PhD program after working at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, in Arlington, VA, as Senior Fellow for Economics and Policy, and serving as the in-house economist to the Center. Russell holds a Master's of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a BS from James Madison University. He is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. At CMU, Russell will be studying climate and energy policy, with a particular focus on the US perspective. (Advisors: Granger Morgan and Ines Azevedo)
Hui comes to the Civil and Environmental Engineering program after completing her degree in Environmental Engineering in China, and receiving her Masters degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the Institute National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (Paris-Tech) in France. She also has a Masters in Civil Engineering and Statistics from the University of Toledo. Her academic interests include water and waste water treatment, water resource management, and mathematical/statistical modeling of environmental quality. (Advisors: Mitch Small and Dave Dzombak)