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Kelly J. Martin
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.S. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, 2006

In 2013, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Dr. Robert Nerenberg. My current position is post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Broadly, my research interests are in biological drinking water and wastewater treatment for advancement of sustainable water infrastructure. More specifically, I am interested in biofilm treatment technologies, computational biofilm models, and microbial ecology. Currently, my post-doc work involves the antibiotic resistance of microorganisms and the treatment of pharmaceuticals.

E Mail:martinkj@umich.edu

Last Updated: 7/02/2013

Shelley Ostrowski

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010
LLM in International Human Rights and Criminal Justice Candidate, Utrecht University, 2014
JD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

After college I spent two years with Skanska USA building in Atlanta, GA. During that time, I helped launch Skanska's new hire rotation program, which allowed me to work on various construction projects throughout the Southeast. I finished up my last year with the company working as an Assistant Superintendent on a large hospital expansion and renovation project in Columbus, GA.

I am currently working towards my JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During my 2L year, I am studying abroad at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, working towards an LLM in International Human Rights and Criminal Justice.

E Mail: shelleyostrowski@gmail.com

Last Updated: 6/27/2013

Matthew Ries
Chief Technical Officer, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Alexandria, Virginia

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1997
B.S. Valparaiso University, 1995

I am the Chief Technical Officer at the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in Alexandria, Virginia. WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations, and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. In my role I oversee WEF’s education and training programs including conferences, seminars, webcasts, e-Learning, and the technical program for WEFTEC, the world’s largest water conference. I also manage staff working with WEF’s technical committees and oversee strategic initiatives on innovation, energy, nutrients, stormwater, and others.

Before WEF I worked as a consultant in the planning, design, construction, and startup of municipal and industrial water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities, working at Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.; Ecology & Environment, Inc.; and Earth Tech, Inc. (now AECOM).

Additionally, I serve on the Board of Directors for Alexandria Renew Enterprises, the local sanitation authority and am on the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, an organization developing and promoting a global water standard for water stewardship.

I am also a part-time PhD student in Civil Engineering at the University of South Florida where I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. My research focus is on urban water infrastructure and utilities’ transition to a more sustainable state.

E Mail:mries@wef.org
Web Link:www.wef.org

Last Updated: 10/05/2013

Kevin Quinn Walsh
Strategic Planning Intern for Seismic Study, Auckland Council

Ph.D. University of Auckland, 2015
M.S. University of Notre Dame 2009
B.S. University of Dayton, 2007

Strategic Planning Intern for Seismic Study, Auckland Council, 2012-Present
Structural Project Engineer, Frost Engineering and Consulting, 2009-2012
Adjunct Professor and Researcher, University of Notre Dame, 2010-2012
Structural Engineer Co-op, Woolpert, 2005-2007

E Mail: kq.walsh@alumni.nd.edu
Web Link: http://nz.linkedin.com/pub/kevin-walsh-ms-pe/1b/7a5/10b

Last Updated: 11/02/2013

Patricia Wilbur
Environmental Health Volunteer, Peace Corps, Panama

M.S. University of South Florida, In Progress (2014)
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010

During my years at Notre Dame, I knew that I wanted to use my engineering skills abroad to make a positive impact on public health. During my senior year, I discovered the Master’s International Peace Corps Program, a graduate program at select universities that combines studies and Peace Corps service. In the Fall of 2010 I began coursework at the University of South Florida, where I studied Environmental Engineering with special emphasis in the developing world setting.

In August 2011, I entered the Peace Corps and began serving as an Environmental Health Volunteer in Panama. I live and work in a community of approximately 300 Ngabes, an indigenous group found in the province of Bocas del Toro. Mainly, I have focused on constructing composting latrines and building capacity of the water committees in the region. But, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, one must be flexible and versatile, so I have also taught English classes, trained local artisans in business management, developed leadership skills among the youth, improved project management skills among the community leaders, and worked to improve agricultural techniques with local farmers.

As part of my graduate program, I will be researching the nexus of user perceptions and sanitation technology in the province of Bocas del Toro. When I return to the States, I will defend my thesis and I plan to continue working in international development related to improving water and sanitation.

E Mail:patricia.a.wilbur@gmail.com

Last Updated: 07/05/2013

Francisco Zarama
Ph.D. Student, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

M.S. Stanford University, 2012
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

I'm currently a Ph.D. student at Stanford working with Professor Jeffrey Koseff. My research focuses on turbulence in seagrass canopies.

E Mail:fzarama@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 07/03/2013