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CIELO SHARKUS

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BIOGRAPHY

Welcome to my online portfolio! I am a rising fourth-year doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I use hybrid field and computational methods to apply an interdisciplinary lens to watershed research and climate engineering. My Ph.D. is in Environmental Engineering with a concentration in water resource engineering. I hold a Masters of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from UMass, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Environmental Studies with distinction from WPI. When I am not in the office, I enjoy being an active leader in the National Society of Black Engineers and running my non-profit organization HOPE. Outside of research, I love to travel! In 2022 you can find me at the NSBE conference in Anaheim, the EJ HBCU meeting in New Orleans, EGU in Vienna, AGU in Chicago, and more!

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

An Interdisciplinary Approach

I am an imaginative engineer focused on providing high-quality science and engineering research on climate change. I use applied interdisciplinary research tools to solve large-scale watershed management issues under climate warming scenarios. I use social, biological, and geophysical analysis tools to understand the hazardous impacts of climate-related phenomena (anthropogenic pollution, drought, flooding) on surface water quality and quantity. I work on hybrid field and computational models that examine hazardous pollutant movement & other hazards in the soil-water interface. My goal is to simultaneously assess the geophysical and hydrological impacts while understanding how community infrastructure fares as well. I use a tangential empirical & software engineering approach to apply field data to machine learning/GIS models. Other research interests of mine include the relationship between climate change and the urban environment, understanding the mechanisms in which climate-driven pollutants affect human health.

 

RECENT NEWS

AWARDED AS A 2023 COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING TEACHING FELLOW

FEATURED EXPERT ON ENERGY EQUITY ALONGSIDE THE CHANCELLOR OF UMASS 

FINALIST FOR THE DIVERSITY IN SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE USGS FELLOWSHIP

 

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