Ms. Zhu holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and master’s degree in applied chemistry from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China. Following graduation, Lijue gained work experience in global petrochemical companies learning about business and supply chain management and adding experience in research and development. Lijue decided to pursue a second master’s degree in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making to learn more about sustainability, gain knowledge on how to solve environmental problems. She interned with Hangzhou Foremost Technology company and accepted employment with them after graduation in Fall 2014.
Ms. Wang received her B.A. in Environmental Management in 2013 from Renmin University of China. The research topic of her undergraduate thesis was related to energy economics about CO2 emission in China based on factor decomposition methods. Daini is now pursuing her master’s degree in the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making. With a passion for environmental studies, Daini aspires to work in environmental consulting and/or the energy industry. Daini interned with the Shell Center for Sustainability, and is working for the GIS/Data Center at Rice University. She was hired by Hart Energy as a data analyst.
Ms. Subieta graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University in 2011. She then joined Eastman Chemical Company as a Chemical Engineer supporting polymer manufacturing lines and leading process improvement projects. Through this work, she gained first-hand experience in the relationship between industry and the environment. She also developed an interest in enhancing her skill-set in this field. Karina is currently pursuing a Professional Science Master's degree with a focus in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making at Rice University to advance her professional goals of providing environmental services that business needs while supporting the viability of industry and the environment. Karina completed an internship with Weston Solutions. She was hired as staff engineer in the Air Quality and Climate Change department of ERM Consulting.
Ms. Singh received her Master’s in Organic Chemistry from Purvanchal University, India in 2008. After graduation, she was employed at Indian Institute of Petroleum where she focused on developing chemical sorbents for CO2 absorption from the power plant flue gases, for urea production. She also worked on CO2 absorption from biomass gasified streams, for the generation of producer gas. Priya also volunteered in the Chemistry Department of Colorado School of Mines, where she focused on characterizing hydrocarbon contents in algae extracts by using MALDI-MS, for enhanced biofuels production. She found her work experience extremely gratifying, which inspired her to seek more knowledge in environmental science and management. Priya is now pursuing Professional Science Master's degree in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track with a focus on energy sustainability. She aspires to gain in-depth technical knowledge and understand the intricacies of management and policies of the energy industry. She aims at channeling her quantitative and conceptual skills in finding solutions to environmental problems and to use world's resources in a sustainable way. She completed an internship with the City of Houston and secured employment with I2M Associates in Houston.
Ms.Liu received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2013 from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. She has two years of inorganic chemistry and analytical chemistry research experience in Sun Yat-Sen University, including synthesis and characterization of coordination polymers, research on fungal active metabolite, synthesis and testing of a new Ag+ fluorescent probe based on AIE. She also participated in several environmental research projects such as investigation on the water environment of the Pearl River (Guangzhou Reach). Rong wants to apply her chemical knowledge and skills to environmental problems and truly make a difference. Her concern with environmental issues caused by industry, and her determination to make a contribution towards a greener environment, brought about her choice to continue her study at Rice. Now Rong is enrolled in the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making program, where she will acquire interdisciplinary knowledge including environmental engineering, management, policy and quantitative decision-making. She aspires to work for the energy industry, government agencies, or international organizations that deal with environmental problems. Rong completed an internship with the United Nations in New York. After graduation, she secured full-time employment as a Energy and Sustainability Program Analyst.
Mr. Liu received both his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Chemistry from National Taiwan University and graduated in 2012. His master thesis was using multi-oriented biological techniques (molecular biology, microbiology, proteomics) to study the interaction behavior and properties of environmental bacteria, and has proved that a tomato pathogen Pst. DC3000 is capable to utilize a novel system to increase its growth advantage by repress other nearby microbe’s metabolism, which is a potential bio-control agent. He joined the Professional Master's program at Rice to further his education with focus on water management. Alex's goal is to acquire the skills to deal with challenges a water constrained world will face in the not so distant future. He completed an internship with City of Houston's environmental department, and is now employed with TCEQ in Austin, TX.
Ms. Fan graduated in 2013 from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.S. in Environmental Science, as well as minors in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Jessie researched a wide variety of topics, ranging from environmental economics to urban geography. Coupled with her studies in urban planning and public policy, Jessie developed a strong interest in environmental management and sustainability practices. For her senior practicum, Jessie worked with a team of UCLA Environmental Science students and created models, implementation measures, and a final proposal to help Hermosa Beach, California reach carbon neutrality. Jessie is now embarking on the first year of Rice's Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track of the Professional Master's Program. Jessie participated in an internship with the City of Houston. After graduation, Jessie returned to California, worked first for Hakka Foundation and is now employed with ESA as Environmental Science Associate.
Ms. Espín graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Sciences with an emphasis in analytical chemistry from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in 2012. As an undergraduate, Michelle was research assistant at the Laboratory of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry at PUCE where she was focused on the study of reactivity and selectivity in organic reactions. Her senior thesis work, a study of pollution caused by gas emissions and particulate matter from motor vehicles in the city of Quito, allowed her to qualitatively and quantitatively assess air quality, and become more aware of the anthropogenic impact on the environment. Furthermore, she gained valuable experience in data analysis and instrumental techniques while working with soil and water samples at CESAQ-PUCE. Now Michelle is enrolled in the Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track where she aims to enhance her science background and acquire important insight into management and business practices. Michelle finished her internship with Waste Management, and is now an Environmental Associate at CAMS eSPARK.
Mr. Clegg graduated from Wabash College in 2013 with a B.A. in Chemistry. During his undergraduate career, he interned with Conestoga-Rovers & Associates undertaking groundwater and air monitoring events as well as landfill compliance auditing. Through this experience, Patrick gained an interest in the application of chemistry in the environment. He pursued this interest through the American Chemical Society SCI Scholar program by working with Nalco Company’s Engineering, Research and Development division evaluating the efficacy of fluorescent tracers as a surrogate for sulfate concentrations in acid mine drainage water. Ultimately, Patrick would like to expand his passion for environmental chemistry through the EADM program. He completed his internship requirement with Houston Wilderness. After completion of his degree, he decided to pursue a MD degree in Indiana.
Ms. Chuang received her B.S. in Agriculture Chemistry from National Taiwan University in 2013. She also studied Environmental Science in Tsinghua University in China during her undergraduate study. Ling's senior thesis focused on exploring the feasibility of a new AhR (aryl hydrocarbon receptor)-based TCDD-detection system to improve the efficiency and accuracy of environmental toxin detection techniques in the Structure-based Systems Biology and Chemical Biomedicine Lab, under Dr. Chun-Hua Hsu. Ling is enrolled in the PSM Environmental Analysis and Decision Making program. She completed her internship with Dr. King Lester in the Shell Center for Sustainability. She secured employment with EnTech Consulting.