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Sophia Blanc

2019 and Students

Fall 2019

Since first learning about issues of water resources and climate change, I have grown a passion for understanding and addressing them. While pursuing my B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers, I conducted research in Dr. Nicole Fahrenfeld’s lab relating to combined sewer overflows, a primary water quality issue in New Jersey. This experience, as well as my other experiences interning as an environmental consultant and as a construction engineer, have informed my decision to embark on this interdisciplinary path, as I have seen the power in people working together across areas of expertise to solve complex problems.

Currently, I am working towards obtaining an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. My research, still under the advice of Dr. Fahrenfeld, is now focused on drinking water quality and opportunistic pathogens in New Jersey. I am interested in understanding potential driving climate factors and resulting human health impacts related to this topic. I look forward to learning from and discussing with my peers from the many disciplines involved in this program about the breadth of issues relating to coastal climate risk and resiliency, and to growing my personal capabilities to help advance progress towards a sustainable future.