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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.

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Reza AbdiReza Abdi
reabdi@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Urmia University

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Fred AgyemanFred Agyeman
foagyema@syr.edu

Environmental Management

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: University of for Development Studies (Ag Tech)

Previous Graduate Study: State University of New York, (Environmental Resources Engineering)

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Personal Statement
I want to be an innovative person in all fields practicable and accessible to me for self development as well as making a meaningful impact to the agenda of environmental management.

Favorite Quote
"Every man has the right to decide his own destiny" - Bob Marley

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Atef AmricheAtef Amriche
aaamrich@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: National Higher School of Agro (Agronomy / Soil scie)

Previous Graduate Study: Mediterranean Agronomic Instit (Geoinformation in En)

Personal Statement
The journey of my higher education began with agronomic studies and specialization in soil science at the "Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Agronomie" (Algeria). My interest in GIS and remote sensing applications started growing after a first exposure to precision farming concepts. My passion for technology and innovations in computer science pushed me to further explore these two disciplines. My first Master thesis focused on using SAR data to map surface soil moisture in a semiarid area in Algeria. After that, I got a full scholarship from the international center for higher agronomic studies in the Mediterranean (CIHEAM) and enrolled in the Master of Science program "Geoinformation in environmental management" at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Chania (Greece). My thesis work was focused on land cover mapping in the Mitidja plain - North Algeria. My goal here at SUNY ESF is to develop essential programming skills and a strong numeric and statistical background, necessary to address key environmental issues using remote sensing data.

Favorite Quote
" Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life " ... Wislawa Szymborska

Research interests
Remote sensing / GIS / data mining / land cover & land use mapping / decision support systems / soil science.

Presentations
Soil resources and sustainable soil management in Algeria (representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) - FAO Near East & North Africa - Global Soil Partnership. http://www.slideshare.net/FAOoftheUN/soil-resources-and-sustainable-soil-management-in-algeria-ministry-of-agriculture-and-rural-development-atef-amriche

John BisgroveJohn Bisgrove
jbisgrov@syr.edu

ERE Forest Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Brenden CovertBrenden Covert
bhcovert@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Graduate Research Topic
I am working with i-Tree Hydro, and urban hydrology model. I am looking at batch processing in i-Tree Hydro for roughly 1200 Block Groups in the Bronx County NY. A sensitivity analysis of the output will then be preformed.

Favorite Quote
If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good. - Dr. Seuss

Maggie DeMarcoMaggie DeMarco
mademarc@syr.edu

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Binghamton University

Favorite Quote
"People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, and all life for happiness. Find the good in Monday, the warmth in winter, and laughter in every day." -Unknown

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Neha Susanna DendukuriNeha Susanna Dendukuri
ndenduku@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Andhra University (Geo-Informatics)

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Research Interests
GIS, Remote Sensing, Land and Hydrographic Survey, Spatial Analysis

Madhuri DinakarMadhuri Dinakar
mdinakar@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: PES Institute of Technology (Biotechnology)

Favorite Quote
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo da Vinci

Michael FoxMichael Fox
mfox06@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley

Undergraduate Institute: Saint Francis University PA (Environmental Engineering)

Graduate Research Topic
Stream water quality and restoration

Favorite Quote
"You, Me, or Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward, that's how winning is done!"-Rocky

Kadir GozKadir Goz
kgoz01@syr.edu

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

Undergraduate Institute: Suny College Brockport (Meteorology, Water R)

Graduate Research Topic
Flood risk and damage assessment

Favorite Quote
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Casey HaltonCasey Halton
crwesley@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

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

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College New Paltz (Geochemistry)

Publications

Graduate Research Topic
I am currently assessing the practicality of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) for evaluating short and long term changes in stream morphology and sediment loads. I am comparing TLS data collected in Oneida Creek and in McKinley Hollow (Catskill Mountains, New York) to LiDAR data as well as orthoimagery and digitized historical aerial imagery dating back as far as the 1930s.

Favorite Quote
Never let your fear decide your fate.

LinkedIn
Casey Halton - LinkedIn Profile

Presentations

Youl HanYoul Han
yhan04@syr.edu

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Environmental Resources Engineering)

Previous Graduate Study: Technische Universität München (Environmental Engineering)

Graduate Research Topic
Microbial consortia involved in anaerobic digestion; molecular biology

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."

James KrueglerJames Kruegler
jwkruegl@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Suny College at Geneseo (Geological Sciences)

Ronald MayRonald May
rmay01@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Ryan MorrisonRyan Morrison
rsmorris@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Unity College (Wildlife Biology, Ma)

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Brenna MosherBrenna Mosher
bsmosher@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Endreny

Undergraduate Institute: Clarkson University (Environmental Engineering)

Meghan MussehlMeghan Mussehl
mlmusseh@syr.edu

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

Undergraduate Institute: Smith College (Engineering Science)

Links
LinkedIn Profile

Graduate Research Topic
Coupled social and hydrologic models. Sustainable, equitable approaches to water resource management.

Favorite Quote
Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. -Kurt Vonnegut

Job NoelJob Noel
jnoel02@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

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

Guillermo OjedaGuillermo Ojeda
gfojeda@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley

Undergraduate Institute: Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Agricultural Enginee)

Previous Graduate Study: Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Environmental Engineering)

Timothy PedeTimothy Pede
tjpede@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Vermont (Natural Sciences — O)

Personal Statement
I grew up in the Syracuse Area and completed my undergraduate studies at SUNY ESF. After being exposed to the unprecedented environmental challenges facing this generation, I soon realized the need for a global transition to renewable sources of energy. I’m mainly interested in quantifying urban energy flows and applying ecological principals to human networks.

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of land use/land change on residential energy demand

Favorite Quote
“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” former President George W. Bush

Ge PuGe Pu
gpu100@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Drexel University (Environmental Engineering)

Previous Graduate Study: Drexel University (Environmental Engineering)

Personal Statement
I am interested in solving problems associated with water resources and climate change. During my undergraduate and master's, I got tremendous amount of exposure in modeling and monitoring green infrastructures and stormwater management. At ESF, my research focus on the overlap between remote sensing and water resources. My long term goal is to develop spatial analysis tools for solving water resource problems in a changing climate.

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Previous Lab Affiliation
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Research Interests
Remote Sensing Technology, Sustainable Water Resource Development, Climate Resilience, Green Infrastructure Monitoring and Modeling, Renewable Energy and Development

Favorite Quote
".....We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard......" -----John F. Kennedy

Past Presentations

- 2017 Google Earth Engine User Summit. Moutain View, CA. [oral presentation]

- 2017 NYWEA Spring Technical Conference and Exhibition. Rochester, NY. [oral presentation]

- 2017 SUNY-ESF Spotlight on Student Research. Syracuse, NY. [poster presentation]

- 2017 GIS/SIG. Rochester, NY. [oral presentation]

- 2017 ASPRS IGTF 2017. Baltimore, MD. [oral presentation]

- 2015 American Water Resource Association (AWRA) Summer Specialty Conference: Climate Change Adaptation. New Orleans, LA. [oral presentation]

- 2015 American Physics Society March Meeting. Baltimore, MD. [poster presentation]

- 2015 8th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges for the Global Science. Philadelphia, PA. [oral presentation]

- 2014 AWRA Philadelphia Metropolitan Section Scholarship Poster Scholarship Competition. Philadelphia, PA. [poster presentation]

- 2014 EWRI World Environment & Water Resources Congress. Portland, OR. [poster presentation] (See Poster #974)

Joel Requena CaalJoel Requena Caal
jrequena@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley

Undergraduate Institute: University of Rafael Landivar (Forest Engineer)

Michael ReubensMichael Reubens
mreubens@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Daley

Undergraduate Institute: SUNY University at Buffalo (Environmental Engineering)

Graduate Research Topic
Ecological function of native vs. commercial green roof species

Favorite Quote
Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Timur SabitovTimur Sabitov
dmunardy@syr.edu

ERE Water Resources Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Murphy,c

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Graduate Research Topic
My research interests are Statistics and Environment, Glacial changes under current climatic conditions,GIS and Remote Sensing

Favorite Quote
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -Theodore Hook

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List of publications
Petrov, M. A., Sabitov, T. Y., Tomashevskaya, I. G., Glazirin, G. E., Chernomorets, S. S., Savernyuk, E. A., ... & Mountrakis, G. (2017). Glacial lake inventory and lake outburst potential in Uzbekistan. Science of The Total Environment, 592, 228-242.

Shahriar Shah HeydariShahriar Shah Heydari
sshahhey@syr.edu

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: Sharif University of Technolog (Electrical Eng.)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Southern Denmark (Environmental Management)

Graduate Research Topic
Map analysis using big data ideas

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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

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Maggie TodaroMaggie Todaro
mtodaro@syr.edu

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

Graduate Research Topic
Is there enough water for farmers? Assessing water application rates and calculating supply under low-flow conditions in Western New York.

Undergraduate Institute:
Binghamton University

Zijian WangZijian Wang
zwang128@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: Henan Polytechnic University (Remote Sensing Scien)

Links
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Personal Statement
The environment change is critical nowadays, I am interested in analysis the variation of anything about the environment with ArcGIS, Remote sensing etc. Getting variation information will benefit human being to improve environment and sustainable development.

Favorite Quote
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

Ziqian WangZiqian Wang
zwang129@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: Huazhong Agriculture Univ (GIS)

Zhixin WangZhixin Wang
zwang127@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Undergraduate Institute: Xi'an University of Science an (Geographic Informati)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Chinese Academy (Signal and Informati)

Jianfeng WenJianfeng Wen
jwen01@syr.edu

Ecological Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Tao

Undergraduate Institute: Shaanxi Normal University (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: Nanjing University (Environmental Science)

Graduate Research Topic
Low-Oxygen Biological Nitrogen Removal

Quote on Graduate Experience
"Cherish the opportunity, enrich my life!"

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

Jin XuJin Xu
jxu145@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing Forestry University

Previous Graduate Study: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Osama YounisOsama Younis
oayounis@syr.edu

Environmental Management

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Kroll

Undergraduate Institute: Cairo University (Civil Engineering)

Personal Statement
After graduation I started working at an Engineering consultancy company as an Environmental engineer. My job comprised the design of underground water utility pressure and gravity networks. During my three year in the job, I grew a decent technical background in the field of hydraulics in addition to being exposed to how large scale projects are being handled and managed. On another note, I have always been interested in social sciences and policy making. Currently, I am trying to focus my research towards areas of overlap between my technical engineering background and my interest in environmental policy issues.

Mingshi YuMingshi Yu
myu21@syr.edu

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush

Undergraduate Institute: Syracuse University (Geography)

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XIAOWEN ZHANGXIAOWEN ZHANG
xzhan149@syr.edu

Water Resources Engineering

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