People

WaSH People

Harris Research Group

A B M Tanvir Pasha (PhD Student)
Origin: Jamalpur, Bangladesh
Degrees: Pursuing PhD in Civil Engineering ( projected graduation: May 2023) from North Carolina State University, MS in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at San Antonio, BS in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Professionals.
Research Interests: My primary research interest is fecal pollution source tracking of surface and sub-surface waters. Also, I am interested in studying the persistence of microorganisms in different media.
Interesting Fact: I love soccer and traveling.
Sean Daly (PhD Student)
Origin: Raleigh, NC
Degrees: Pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University, B.S. in Environmental Science from Appalachian State (Minors: Mathematics, Geology)
Research Interests: My general research interests revolve around global water sanitation and hygiene in developing communities.  Also, I am interested in responsible management and innovative use of water resources in both developed and developing nations.
Interesting Fact: I have 29 first cousins!

 

Temi Ibitoye (PhD Student)
Origin: Bowie, Maryland
Degrees: Pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University, B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering & Sustainability from the University of Maryland Baltimore County
Research Interests: My research interests include water, sanitation, and hygiene in low- and middle-income communities. I’m interested in providing clean drinking water by developing innovative, affordable, and locally managed treatment technologies.
Interesting Fact: I’ve traveled to over 10 countries!

 

Olivia V (PhD Student)
Origin: Camuy, Puerto Rico
Degrees: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University; B.S. Honors degree in Psychology from Colorado State University; M.S. in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Research Interests: Researching creative engagement strategies to enhance the capacity of communities to recover from disaster or mitigate hazards.
Interesting Fact: I hand embroider doggy bandanas (which I also sew) and make my dog his own squeaker bone toys.

 


Jeremy Lowe (Undergraduate Student)
Origin: Pikeville, North Carolina
Degree: Pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Exploring the determinants of fecal contamination and water access in low- and middle-income countries.
Fun fact: I love to run and cycle!

 

 

Michaela Hill (Undergraduate Student)
Origin: Albemarle, NC
Degrees: Pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology with a concentration in microbial health science, minor in Genetics from North Carolina State University.
Research Interests: The interaction of disease-causing microorganisms in the environment with the human body and determining the best practices in order to ensure human and environmental health.
Interesting fact: I was a competitive tap dancer for 9 years!

 

 

Daniel Cockson (Undergraduate Student)
Origin: Richmond, Virginia
Degrees: Pursuing a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Philosophy from North Carolina State University
Research Interests: Health challenges that transcend national borders and the complex interaction between global and local forces. Furthermore, I am interested in cultural perceptions of health and quality of life.
Interesting Fact: I am a certified stonemason and SCUBA diver.

 

Dr. de los Reyes' Current Researchers and Students

 

Sivaranjani Palani (PhD student)

Origin: Chennai, India
Degrees: B.E. in Civil Engineering from Anna University, MCE inc Environmental Engineering from University of Delaware. Pursuing Ph.D. in Microbiology.
Research Interests: Microbial ecology and mathematical modeling of microbial communities in anaerobic digesters
Interesting Fact: I am a painting artist and have also been collecting unique keychains for the past 10 years.

 

 

 

Savanna Smith (PhD student)

Origin: Kealakekua, HI and Rockport, TX
Degrees: BS in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, pursuing her PhD
Research Interests: Microbial community ecology in engineered bioreactors
Interesting Fact: My family used to have a herd of woolless sheep to keep the pasture vegetation in control

 

 

 

 

 

Yi-Chun Lai (PhD student)

Origin: Taoyuan, Taiwan
Degrees: BS in Environmental Science from National Tsing Hua University and MS in Environmental Engineering from National Taiwan University
Research Interests: Microbial harvesting
Interesting Fact: I played on the badminton team in undergraduate.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Mattingly (MS student)

Origin: Boston, MA
Degrees: BS in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research Interests: Efficacy of Bioaugmentation in aerated stabilization lagoons
Interesting Fact:
I used to be really into swing dancing.

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Young (MS student)

Origin: Raleigh, NC
Degrees: BS in Civil Engineering from NC State University
Research Interests: Utilizing Tertiary Partial Dentrification-Anammox (PdNA) filters for sustainable nitrogen removal at WRFs.
Interesting Fact:
I used to be a cheerleader here at NC State University

 

 

 

 

Emma Guertin (MS student)

Origin: Hubbardston, MA
Degrees: BS in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research Interests: Optimization of methane production from anaerobic co-digestion of food waste and municipal solid waste
Interesting Fact:
I just started Krav Maga training

 

 

 

 

 

Monica Matekenya (MS student)

Origin: Lilongwe, Malawi
Degrees: BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Malawi
Research Interests: Co-digestion of agricultural waste and risk assessment of pathogen contamination
Interesting Fact:
I speak three languages yet I can’t speak my tribal language

 

 

 

 

Jocelyn Tsai  (Staff, Global WaSH Cluster Coordinator)

Origin: St. Louis, MO
Degrees: BA in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, MEM Water Resources Management from Duke University
Research Interests: Development and commercialization of sustainable and affordable pit latrine emptying technologies that help serve the sanitation needs of billions.
Interesting Fact:
I play very large drums

 

 

 

Seraphim Falterman (MS student)

Origin: Richmond, VA
Degrees: BS in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University
Research Interests: Thermal hydrolysis processes as pretreatments for anaerobic co-digestion substrates. Anaerobic digestion and co-digestion with fats, oils, and grease.
Interesting Fact:
I love to ride my bike and used to love to take long trips. One summer, I went from Savannah, GA to Los Angeles, CA

Ercumen Research Group

Stacy Slobodiuk (MS)

Origin: Harrisburg, NC
Degrees: BS in Wildlife Biology
Research Interests: Effect of domestic wastewater irrigation on the presence of AMR in soil and water
Interesting Fact:
I got my second degree black belt when I was fourteen years old.

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Turner (BS)

Origin: Charlotte, NC
Degrees: BS in Environmental Science at NC State
Research Interests: Effect of domestic animals/ animal feeding operations on microbiological water quality
Interesting Fact:
In high school people didn’t realize my fraternal twin and I were even siblings.

 

 

Caitlin Niven (MS)

Origin: Durham, NC
Degrees: BS in Public Health Biology from Elon University
Research Interests: Environmental transmission of STH and waterborne pathogens
Interesting Fact:
I went to cooking school before finishing undergrad

 

 

Jesse Contreras (Postdoc)

Origin: Eustace, TX
Degrees: BS in Public Health from University of Texas at Austin, PhD and MPH Epidemiology from University of Michigan
Research Interests: I am interested in applying concepts from political ecology, environmental justice, and social epidemiology to the study of sanitation, wastewater reuse, and global health
Interesting Fact:
My first job was cleaning concrete tools for my dad at around the age of six and I was paid $1 an hour

 

 

  • Skyler Price (BS)

Origin: Hillsborough, NC
Degrees: BS in Environmental Science at NC State
Research Interests: Environmental transmission of infectious diseases, impacts of livestock operations on microbiological water quality
Interesting Fact:
My cat is named after Tobias Funke, a character on the tv show Arrested Development

  • Charanya Srinivasan (BS)

Origin: Cary, NC
Degrees: BS in Environmental Science and BS in Political Science at NC State
Research Interests: Effects that domestic or animal feeding operations have on water quality
Interesting Fact:
I have been an Indian classical dancer for over 13 years.