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Current Graduate Students

Information on our graduate students is provided here to facilitate communication between enrolled students as well as to inform and encourage prospective students. Photos may be of the student or of their research interest.

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Sohaib Waseem AnwarSohaib Waseem Anwar
sanwar@syr.edu

Environmental Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: University of Eng and Tech Lahore (Env Eng)

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental/Energy Systems Modelling

Favorite Quote
"Intelligence is a reflection of well you function in your environment" - Issac Asimov

Samuel Asare-AdjebengSamuel Asare-Adjebeng
sasaread@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley

Undergraduate Institute: Kwame Nkrumah University of Sc (Civil Engineering)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Developing a water-budget for land reclamation using willow as a biomass-to-energy plant

Favorite Quote
"The minute you settled for less than you deserved, you get even less than you settled for." -Maureen Dowd

Home Page
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Nathan BarletNathan Barlet
ntbarlet@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological Engineering

Favorite Quote
"We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children" - Native American Proverb

Home Page
Web Link

Nishan BhattaraiNishan Bhattarai
nbhattar@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Tribhuvan University (Forestry and Related)

Previous Graduate Study: Auburn University of Auburn Univ

Graduate Research Topic
Remote Sensing Applications and GIS-based modeling

Favorite Quote
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?- Einstein

Website
Nishan's webpage

Ethan BodnarukEthan Bodnaruk
ewbodnar@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny and Kroll

Undergraduate Institute: Harvey Mudd College (Engineering — Other)

Previous Graduate Study: North Carolina State Universit (Nuclear Engineering )

Personal Statement
I'm interested in urban forestry and urban sustainability. My interests that generally fall into these categories also include the conversion of wastes into resources, citizen science, permaculture, and community based research. Furthermore, I'm passionate about the communication of science and the intersections and complex (sometimes frustrating!) relationships between science and activism.

Graduate Research Topic
Here's the title of my work: Urban forest ecosystem service optimization, tradeoffs, and disparities: a spatially explicit decision support tool. Trees provide ecosystem services like filtering air pollution, infiltrating stormwater, and mitigating the urban heat island effect. Trees can be strategically planted to optimize these services, but there is no existing tool to help accomplish this. I will develop a tool that will identify optimal locations to plant trees to obtain desired ecosystem services and also address aspects of environmental justice. It will build off the iTree (www.itreetools.org) suite of urban forestry tools.

Favorite Quote
"Know the rules well, so you know when to break them." - Gandhi

Home Page
Web Link

Website
Web Link

Frank BondiFrank Bondi
fdbondi@syr.edu

Environmental Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Daley

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental/Sanita)

Favorite Quote
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” -Carl Sagan

Donald BonvilleDonald Bonville
dbbonvil@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw,s

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Albany (Environmental Science)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Water Resources Engineering

Favorite Quote
"If I fret over tomorrow, I'll have little joy today."

Roger DoctorRoger Doctor
rjdoctor@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: Sardar Patel University, INDIA (Environmental Science)

Links
Web Link

Favorite Quote
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. -G. K. Chesterton

Justin DusseaultJustin Dusseault
jdusseau@syr.edu

Environmental Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental Management

Quote on Graduate Experience
"I'm very excited to be studying at an institution where people's professional aspirations so closely mirror their personal passion and convictions. My education at ESF will undoubtedly prove a great asset as I work to positively impact the environment and my community throughout my career."

Suzanne EllsworthSuzanne Ellsworth
smellswo@syr.edu

Environmental Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Chemistry — Other)

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental Management

Tomasz FalkowskiTomasz Falkowski
tbfalkow@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Diemont and Daley

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Binghamton (Engineering — Other)

Graduate Research Topic
Examining the nexus of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and ecological engineering by quantifying and comparing the efficacy of TEK and conventional tropical forest ecosystem restoration treatments in Chiapas, Mexico.

Favorite Quote
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir

Web Page
Web Link

Kaitlin FelloKaitlin Fello
kmfello@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Andrea FortmanAndrea Fortman
alfortma@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University (Environmental/Sanita)

Graduate Research Topic
Water Resources Engineering - Stream Restoration

Favorite Quote
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

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Zhu GuZhu Gu
gzhu03@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Im and Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing Normal University (Electrical Engineeri)

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental Resources Engineering

Casey HaltonCasey Halton
crwesley@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw,s

Brandon HaynesBrandon Haynes
bjhaynes@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley and Horton

Undergraduate Institute: South Dakota State University (Civil Engineering)

Personal Statement
Start with knowing yourself; as you see yourself more clearly, you will know where you want to go in life. Then learn about where you want to go, and pretty soon you'll figure out how to get there.

Graduate Research Topic
Carbon Sequestration in Green Roofs

Favorite Quote
Life is about living

Naomi HenryNaomi Henry
nfhenry@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Institute: University of Maryland College Park* (Environmental Science)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Water Resources Engineering

Favorite Quote
"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water" - W.H. Auden

Sean HuckinsSean Huckins
schuckin@syr.edu

ERE Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hassett

Undergraduate Institute: Syracuse University (INDUSTRIAL DESIGN)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Buffalo (NATURAL SCIENCES)

Graduate Research Topic
Fusion of Images for the Human Brain Opportunities for Improved Diagnostic and Surgical Interventions

Quote on Graduate Experience
"My experience as a graduate student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has been tremendously positive. The faculty, including Professor James M. Hassett, have always been exceptionally enthusiastic and supportive of my goal to explore a cross-disciplinary approach to human brain mapping as it relates to neurosurgical diagnostics and intervention. My affiliation and current program of study with SUNY ESF has always been a source of pride to me, and I am looking forward to the fact that my graduate education is not only preparing me to investigate the physical topography of the earth on which we live, but to also go spelunking into the depths of the human brain. The faculty in the mapping sciences program at SUNY ESF have not only made this possible, but have done so with sincere enthusiasm."

Owen HunterOwen Hunter
ohunter@syr.edu

Environmental Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley and Smith,jen

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (ERE)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Using forest-based rolled erosion control products to sustainably manage erosion from disturbed forests.

Favorite Quote
"Grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, courage to change things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."

Timothy IvancicTimothy Ivancic
tjivanci@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Shaw,s

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College New Paltz (Physics)

Previous Graduate Study: Case Western Reserve Univ (Physics )

Graduate Research Topic
Studying the link between extreme precipitation intensity and temperature.

Favorite Quote
Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there. Richard Feynman

Home Page
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Yemeng JinYemeng Jin
yejin@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: East China Normal University (Geography)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Favorite Quote
"They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it."

Harini KadambiHarini Kadambi
hkadambi@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny and Doelle

Undergraduate Institute: Purdue University of West Lafayette* (Bio & Food Proc Eng)

Favorite Quote
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ― Margaret Atwood

Home Page
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Research Topic
Modeling of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor for Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste

John KaneJohn Kane
jckane@syr.edu

ERE Environmental Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Engineering — Other)

Links
If you would like to read up on the program I will begin working in on 3/29/2013 here is the url to the NYS DEC Bureau of flood protection web page http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4994.html

Melisa KeskinMelisa Keskin
mlkeskin@syr.edu

ERE Mapping Sciences

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Villanova University (Geography)

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental Resources Engineering

Favorite Quote
Wherever you go, there you are.

Home Page
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Seyed Gholamrez Khatami KalkhoranSeyed Gholamrez Khatami Kalkhoran
sgkhatam@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial Information Science and Engineering

Favorite Quote
“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding of a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” Sir Isaac Newton

Home Page
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Yong Seuk KwonYong Seuk Kwon
ykwon04@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University (Natural Sciences — O)

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
I am interested in ecological restoration, especially with ecosystem functionality and geophysical capacity.

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological Engineering with a focus on ecosystem function restoration

Favorite Quote
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." -Aldo Leopold-

Eileen LeonEileen Leon
eleon@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Personal Statement
We (humans) are all damaging Earth with every single action; therefore, we have the power to stop this abuse and any small change in our daily activities can give some relief to our planet...

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological Engineering - Anaerobic Digestion for food wastes treatment

Home Page
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My Website
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Undergraduate School
Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso - Civil Biochemical Engineer

Teng LiTeng Li
tli03@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: China University of Geoscience (Geography)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial information science and engineering

Favorite Quote
It is great to be great, but it is greater to be human.

Webpage
Web Link

Yuguang LiYuguang Li
yli13@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: Beihang University ()

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
For the past two years, I tried to explore some issues about the radiative transfer process in the vegetation with some radiative simulation and Monte Carlo techniques. I accomplished the efficiency promotion of traditional Monte Carlo ray-tracing simulation with modification from physical aspects and computational aspects. The acceleration effect is hundreds of times higher by the physical process optimization and of tens of times higher with GPU-based method. Now I come to ESF and plan to plunge myself into the curriculum for the first year. I want to research more about the applications of vegetation remote sensing in the future.

Tao LiuTao Liu
taliu@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Im and Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Northwest A&F University (Forestry and Related)

Linkedin website
Web Link

Quote on Graduate Experience
In the process of accomplishing challenging and interesting task every day, I can feel encouraging cantus of symphony that is mounted for my progress!

Graduate Research Topic
The application of remote sensing and GIS in environment research

Favorite Quote
Study itself is the part of life,so enjoy life,enjoy study.

Professional Website
Web Link

Xolile MaphangaXolile Maphanga
xmaphang@syr.edu

Environmental Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: University of Swaziland (Environmental health)

Links
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/xolile-maphanga/3b/a16/aba

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental Resources Engineering

Favorite Quote
I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer. - Denis Hayes

Douglas MayerDouglas Mayer
djmayer@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental/Sanita)

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological Engineering

Favorite Quote
Justice is what love looks like in public. - Dr. Cornel West

professional website
Web Link

Ehsan MazinaniEhsan Mazinani
emazinan@syr.edu

ERE Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: Islamic Azad University- South (Chemical Engineering)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Tehran (Chemical Engineering)

LinkedIn
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Phosphorus recovery by struvite crystallization form anaerobic digested dairy manure.

Favorite Quote
"Forget the past" - Nelson Mandela

Rebecca MeissnerRebecca Meissner
rjmeissn@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Shaw,s

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College at Geneseo (Physics)

Links
Web Link

Favorite Quote
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. -Epictetus

Kelly MetzKelly Metz
kemetz@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Forest Engineering)

LinkedIn
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
My thesis topic will be dealing with predicting daily streamflows at ungauged or partially gauged sites using partial least squares applied to a predicted flow duration curve.

Favorite Quote
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Djibrilla RapantDjibrilla Rapant
dfrapant@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental/Sanita)

Graduate Research Topic
Infiltration Practice Design

Favorite Quote
“Do or do not... there is no try.”

Home Page
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Keshav SaubaKeshav Sauba
ksauba@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: Manipal Inst of Tech (Biotech)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
MS Water Resources Engineering

Favorite Quote
"Aim for the stars, you might land on the moon..." - High school chemistry teacher

Marie SchoenenbergerMarie Schoenenberger
mascho01@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley

Undergraduate Institute: St Francis College PA (Environmental/Sanita)

Favorite Quote
"If they give you lined paper, write the other way." - Juan Ramón Jiménez

Emily StephanEmily Stephan
eastepha@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Cornell University (Environmental/Sanita)

Graduate Research Topic
Coupled human and natural systems, river restoration, watershed sustainability

Favorite Quote
If we surrendered to Earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. -Rainer Maria Rilke

Home Page
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Angela StiresAngela Stires
acstires@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Engineering — Other)

Favorite Quote
"It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities" - Albus Dumbledore

Thomas TaggartThomas Taggart
tptaggar@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Pennsylvania State University - University Park (Materials Engineerin)

LinkedIn Profile
Web Link

Personal Statement
I believe that water is extremely under appreciated and that the ultimate fate of humanity will depend on our handling of our water (and energy) needs in the face of a changing climate. I'm here to learn everything I can about water and all that it affects.

Graduate Research Topic
Urban Hydrology; Hydrological Modeling; Green Infrastructure.

Favorite Quote
It loved to happen. -Marcus Aurelius

Kritika ThapaKritika Thapa
krthapa@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Wesleyan College (Environmental Science)

Links
Web Link

Favorite Quote
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. -Carl Sagan

Anayo UkwuaniAnayo Ukwuani
atukwuan@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Previous Graduate Study: University Putra Malaysia (Civil Engineering )

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
Recent global environmental issues have deeply fascinated my interest in studying an environmental course at university level, which I believe will lead to designing a sustainable system to enhance the survival and existence of our ecosystem.

Graduate Research Topic
Resource/nutrient recovery

Favorite Quote
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, To leave the world a better place than what I've found… To know even one life has breathed easier Because I have lived…this is to have succeeded. __Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scott WolcottScott Wolcott
scwolcot@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny and Newman,l

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Buffalo (Civil Engineering)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Center Buffalo (Civil Engineering )

Graduate Research Topic
Treatment of High Strength Organic Wastewater using Green Walls

Favorite Quote
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.” - Colin Powell

Zewei XuZewei Xu
zexu@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science and Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis and Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Northwest University (Geography)

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Quote on Graduate Experience
Stand firm and keep thinking

Link
Web Link

Personal Statement
keep moving

Favorite Quote
He who stands on tip-toe, does not stand firm; he who takes the longest strides, does not walk the fastest. ---Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism

Contacts:
qq: 595999414 MSN:xuzeweiaaa@xnmsn.cn

Sheng YangSheng Yang
syang16@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing University (Geography)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (ERFEG )

Graduate Research Topic
Forestry Engineering

Quote on Graduate Experience
"A new style of the life and a fresh taste of the world"


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