Student Profiles

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students
  • Ideas:
    Undergraduate students perennially remind us of the thrill in grasping an entire curriculum of new ideas. I am fortunate to formally and informally advise, and receive advice from, many intelligent and gifted undergraduate students at ESF. These students are invited to participate in my courses and research while pursuing their undergraduate degrees. Current courses and research projects are listed on my courses and research page.
  • Links:
    Prospective Students | Undergraduate Details | Your Space | Honors Program

Graduate Students

  • Ideas:
    Graduate students are both a catalyst and an energy source for advanced coursework and research performed at ESF. I am fortunate to engage in collaborative scholarship with a select set of plucky, bright, and skilled graduate students at ESF. These students assist in my courses and research while advancing their graduate program. Current courses and research projects are listed on my courses and research page.
  • Links:
    Engineering Graduate Students | Graduate Studies | Orientation Graduate Students
  • Skill and Course Guidance:
  • I welcome applications from students for M.P.S, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in the ERFE or GPES academic programs. Without strong student support, my research languishes. In return for graduate assistance, I work to prepare students for their next professional experience.

    Skills that are expected for productive water resources and engineering professionals are listed below. It is likely that all students will need to take additional coursework in these areas to achieve professional competence.
    1. insupressable curiosity to discover the truth,
    2. excellent written and verbal communication,
    3. lab and field aptitude and measurement steadfastness,
    4. advanced mathematics (calculus and numerical methods),
    5. quantitative statistical and data analysis methods,
    6. geographical information systems applications, and
    7. competence with a computer programming language for data manipulation.

    Courses that are expected should be rigorous and strategic, such that students grow academically and are better prepared for future research and job assignments. However, don't let courses disrupt your graduate learning, and use lifelong learning skills to obtain knowledge in venues other than the formal course.
    1. courses will address missing skills as well as several core study areas.
    2. Suggested courses are listed online.
    3. each semester students should enroll in thesis credits with me, using regular meetings to guide your research progress.
    4. an outcome of thesis research credit is a student poster presentation in the spring Spotlight on Research.

  • Specific Research Guidance:
  • Clearly identifying and communicating important ideas is central to your success in academics. Regular reading of classic books and peer reviewed articles can help you identify and track key themes and new ideas. Regular exercises in writing can help organize your thoughts, focus your objectives, and clarify your methods.

    It is recommended that you: a) visit ESF Moon Library and SU libraries to browse the ejournal and databases, and b) visit the ESF Writing Project and use the ESF Writing Resource Center when preparing your work.

    Other steps important in your research are:

    Graduated Students

    1. Nana Imbeah Amponsah, M.S. 2008 - External Relations and Operations Manager, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Ghana
    2. Bryan Bancroft, M.P.S. 2002 - Consulting forester
    3. Joe Becker, M.S. 2012 - Air Worldwide flood risk consulting, Boston, MA
    4. Jessica Black, M.S. 2005 - Construction Engineer, Arcadis
    5. Ethan Bodnaruk, DNF Ph.D. 2016 - co-Advised with Dr. C Kroll, converted to M.S. Degree
    6. Rachel Bonczyk, M.P.S. 2004 - Research and Development, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi
    7. Emera Bridger, A.B.T. 2005 - PhD at Syracuse U. in Anthropology
    8. Mirian Calderon, M.S. 2015 - Ecosystem Restoration in Argentina
    9. Michael Chimaliza, M.P.S. 2006 - Government Water Department in Malawi
    10. Hanh Chu, M.S. 2013 - Environmental Professional, Springfield, MA
    11. Virginia Collins Williams, A.B.D. 2007 - Science Teacher
    12. Jill Crispell, M.S. 2008 - Consulting Engineer Anchor QEA in NJ, now Earth Science Teacher in NYS
    13. Amanda Davis, M.P.S. 2005 - Agency restoration projects in MA
    14. Darin DeKoskie, M.S. 2002 - Bureau of Engineering, Design & Construction, NYC DEP
    15. Jon Duncan, M.S., M.P.A. 2003 - CUAHSI - UNC Ph.D. program with Dr. Larry Band
    16. Dave Eichorn, M.S. 2011 - SUNY ESF Chemistry Ph.D. program with Dr. Huiting Mau
    17. Mark Fabian, M.S., 2009 - Watershed Engineer, Charles River Watershed Association (was with Anchor QEA in MA)
    18. Mike Fay, M.S. 2012 - Water Resources Engineer & Laboratory Flume Consulting
    19. Kaitlin Fellow, M.P.S. 2016 - Water Resources Management
    20. Andrea Fortman, M.S. 2015 - Water Resources Engineer Consulting
    21. Peng Gao, M.P.S., 2014 - Water and Wetland Resources Studies, Boston
    22. Maria Laura Gonzalez, M.S., 2016 - Water Resources Engineering Advisor in Argentina
    23. Bangshuai Han, Ph.D. 2012 - Hydrologic Modeler, Researcher U. of Idaho
    24. Bethany Jeffords, M.P.S. 2011 - Environmental Consultant
    25. Harini Kadambi, M.P.S. 2015 - Biogas Production and Energy Systems Engineering
    26. Shan Khan, M.P.S. 2009 - Wastwater Consulting in NYC, now Peace Corps Volunteer Peru
    27. Shriya Kulkarni, M.P.S. 2010 - CSR Consultant, Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd
    28. Yong (Peter) Seuk Kwon, M.P.S., 2016 - Research on Delaware River Basin ecohydrology
    29. Jamie Ong Leong, M.P.S. 2009 - GPES and Maxwell School - Hazen Sawyer Engineers
    30. Megan McCone, M.P.S. 2004 - State Department of Environmental Conservation
    31. Todd McDonnell, M.P.S. 2004 - Consulting river scientist/engineer in Corvallis
    32. Yolande Munzimi, M.P.S. 2007 - Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry Official
    33. Tom Pavlesich, M.P.S. 2002 - Consulting with Forest Industry
    34. Tim Riley, M.S. 2004 - Consulting scientist/engineer
    35. Remo Santagata, DNF Ph.D. 2016 - European scholarship
    36. Jesse Robinson, M.S. 2012 - Stream Institute, U of Louiville, KY
    37. Melody Scalfone, M.P.S. 2011 - Attorney at Law, Environmental
    38. Chris Somerlot, M.S. 2002 - Senior Engineer at Brown and Caldwell.
    39. Juliaty Sopacua, M.S. 2003 - ESF Ph.D. program with Dr. K. Limburg
    40. Angela Stires, M.S. 2015 - Ecological and Water Resources Engineering Consulting
    41. Margaret Soulman, M.S. (w/ Jim Hassett) 2005 - Waterhed NGO Management
    42. Kritika Thapa, M.S. Water Resources Engineering Consulting
    43. Kyle Thomas, ABD 2011 - Principal, Natural Systems Engineering, Syracuse, NY
    44. Janet Tordisillas, M.P.S. 2004 - Government Water Board in Phillipines
    45. Brenden Wagner, ABT 2015 - River Restoration in Water and Wetland Resource Studies
    46. Jun Wang, Ph.D. 2004 - Research Associate with USGS
    47. Steve Wolosoff, M.P.S. 2003 - Consulting scientist/engineer at CDM
    48. Yang Yang, Ph.D. 2013 - USDA Forest Service Postdoctoral Research, Chicago, IL
    49. Tian Zhou, Ph.D. 2012 - Researcher, University of Washington

Student News and Celebrations

    Enrolled Students
  1. Reza Abda, Ph.D. Water Resources Engineering
  2. Maggie DeMarco, Ph.D. Environmental Resources Engineering
  3. James Kruegler, M.S. Water Resources Engineering
  4. Ryan Morrison, M.S. Ecological Engineering
  5. Brenna Mosher, M.S. Ecological Engineering
  6. Emily Stephan, Ph.D. Ecological Engineering
  7. Tom Taggart, Ph.D. Water Resources Engineering
  8. Scott Wolcott, Ph.D. Ecological Engineering (w/ Dr. L. Newman)

A group of hard working students have been central in keeping our research roaring. They all contribute to environmental resources engineering for a sustainable supply of water, food, energy, and health. They lead the experiments in our 7-m sediment circulating flume and 2-m river erosion table. They lead the analysis in quantifying ecosystem services for our iTree urban restoration algorithms. They lead the field monitoring in our gorgeous Finger Lakes and Adirondack regions to test structure-function relationships. We graduated some terrific students this past year and are mentoring many others to graduate soon! Our graduates are finding excellent jobs thanks to their strong work ethic, high aptitude, and educational training.

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