Mr. Solano received a Bachelor's in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida in 2010. As an undergraduate, he conducted research in nano-particle synthesis while at UCF, as well as micro-electronics research at Yale University in the summer of 2009. Mr. Solano has experience in marketing events and plans to use his professional and academic background as a consultant for alternative energy or technology companies--a path greatly complemented with the Rice dual-degree program (Environmental Analysis and Decision Making + MBA). Carlos completed a business related internship with Shell Oil Co. , working on his MBA courses and undertaking a second internship with Waste Management. Carlos also worked for the U.S. Army and the City of Houston on environmental projects. He graduated with the dual MBA/M.S. with a focus on product lifecycle analysis and resource efficiency. He started his own company focusing on green building and resource efficiency in California.
Ms. Lopez graduated with a bachelor of Arts in Environmental Engineering Sciences and with a minor in Energy and Water Sustainability from Rice University, May 2011. During her studies abroad at the University of Cambridge in the summer of 2009, she delved into the history and revelations of Charles Darwin as well as traveled the UK. At Rice, her passion for environmental studies enabled her to contribute to the University by being a College Eco-Rep for 2 years. Ms. Lopez designed and built a Butterfly Garden for Duncan College as an Eco-Rep student project and was also a member of the Solar Decathlon Team which competed nationally in 2009. Ms. Lopez currently works for Burns & McDonnell Engineering as an Assistant Environmental Engineer. She thoroughly enjoys the environmental industry and wishes to pursue her PSM while working in order to expand her knowledge of management and business practices in a science related field. She accepted employment with Chevron after graduation.
Ms. Li received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 2009. She then enrolled in the chemistry PhD program in Wayne State University. Recognizing that this program did not provide the skills prepare her for an industry career, she decided to join the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track to broaden her technical training, improve her communication skills, and gain practical training via an internship in industry. Jiao is working on a project with Weston Solutions during her internship and accepted employment with Protean Performance Solutions. After working with TCEQ, she accepted another position with Weston Solutions in 2014.
Ms. Goshorn received her B.A. in Environmental Science from Columbia University in 2010. Sara also studied Hispanic Cultures while at Columbia. She gained research experience in the environmental field while working on her senior thesis at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory under Dr. Dallas Abbott. The topic of her senior thesis was to test the theory that a cometary impact caused a global climate change in 536 AD. Sara now attends Rice University as part of the Professional Science Masters program in the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track. Sara interned with GSI Environmental in Houston, TX and accepted a position with HUCO Consulting.
Ms. Debora Berhane-Mersha graduated from University of Houston-Clear Lake with a BS in Environmental Science in August 2011. Her focus area on environmental and occupational health and safety, and industrial hygiene provided her with the knowledge on various industrial processes and their effects on our environment. She participated in an internship working for an environmental consulting firm on air quality issues, and she gained work experience at Baylor College of Medicine as a research laboratory technician. Debora’s goal is to become the proficient and well-educated professional today’s companies seek to assist them in maximizing productivity in an environmentally responsible manner. Debora is focusing on sustainability and management during her studies at Rice, and accepted an internship with the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice. She accepted employment with URS while continuing to finish her studies on a part-time basis. After graduation, Debora pursued an opportunity with UNIVAR ChemCare.
In 2010, Ms. Zhao graduated from Fudan University in China with a B.S. degree in environmental science. She worked as research assistant in the Center for Energy Economics and Strategy Studies gaining knowledge about the energy industry, and also in the Center for Urban Environmental Management Studies achieving research and data analysis experience in watershed management. She also gained two years of work experience in market research and environmental journalism. Qingyi now is a graduate student at Rice University in the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track. She accepted an internship with Element Markets, and accepted full-time employment with them after graduation.
Mr. Truch graduated with a B.S. in zoology from Southern Illinois University in 2006. Since then he has worked in a retail position with Metco Environmental, building on his science education. There he acquired environmental experience as a stack tester for air quality control, learning OSHA compliance, safety protocols and EPA regulatory standards for several types of industrial plants. By pursuing a master’s degree in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making at Rice, he plans to enhance not only his science background, but also his professional skills in management, data analysis, modern environmental techniques, public speaking and communication. Stephen is a highly motivated individual seeking a career in environmental management with a strong focus on remediation. Stephen worked for the City of Houston Environmental Department assisting with water quality analysis, and is deepening his research experience in the lab of Dr. Siemann at Rice.
Ms. McKenna graduated in 2011 from Arizona State University, with a B.S. in sustainability as well as a B.A. in Chinese language with a minor in Japanese. As part of ASU’s Barrett Honors program, she completed a thesis paper investigating the correlation between ambient air pollution levels and the prevalence of municipal policies addressing air pollution in three major Chinese cities. Jesse is now pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making at Rice University. Jessica accepted an internship with Element Markets. Jessie continued full-time with Element Markets after she graduated. She transitioned to Project Developer for EDPR in Houston. She decided to expand her knowledge in Computer Science and returned to continue her studies at Oregon State University.
Mr. Chen received his B.A. in environmental management in 2012 from Renmin University in China. The research topic of his senior thesis was related to the influence of farmers’ co-operatives on rural environmental management within the agricultural production of China. Dongfei is now enrolled in the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track. With a passion for sustainability, Dongfei aspires to work in environmental consulting and/or the energy industry. He secured an internship with the City of Houston Environmental Department working on air quality. Dongfei secured a position with Weston Solutions after graduation.
Mr. Chen graduated with a B.S. in natural resources & environmental science from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign in 2012. He has ample experience in GIS and in natural resource management. His internship at the Satellite Environment Center in China also gave him hands-on experience in image processing and project management. As part of the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track, Alan planned to further improve his qualifications in statistics and data analysis. He finished his degree at Rice's Statistics department, and is now working for Just Energy as a Risk Analyst.