"I applied to the University Scholars Program hoping to gain academic research experience as well as financial support while conducting research during summer. My goal is to publish research result on stormwater pollutant transport and removal via an in-situ treatment system."
I am interested in development planning for urban stormwater management, groundwater contaminant remediation, urban water resource planning, as well as water/wastewater treatment. I also have interest for air pollution control design and evaluation.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Norm Casey Scholarship (2011)
- Florida Opportunity Scholarship (2007-2011)
- Sinawik Scholarship (2007)
- Gatoraider Scholarship (2007)
- Water Environment Federation
- Florida Water Environment Association
- Society of Environmental Engineers
Dragon Boat, Paddle Against Cancer, Beach Cleanup, Gator Plunge, Gainesville St. Francis House House Volunteer.
Hobbies and Interests
- Engineering, nature, art, basketball, and working out.
Urban Stormwater Performance Monitoring of an in-situ FiltrationTreatment System
Rainfall runoff from surfaces of urban land use is a major source of chemical and particulate constituent to a receiving system. Changes in physical and chemical characteristics of rainfall runoff are related to the hydrologic and hydraulic modifications to a significant degree. Constituent removal of local runoff is variable and a function of many parameters. Studies have shown that unit operation practice of small treatment units and engineered filtration media receiving source rainfall runoff can greatly reduce the pollutant load. Researchers from the UF Department of Environmental Engineering Science have examined unit operations and processes treatment concepts from Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Low Impact Developments (LID) systems to characterize the performance of in-situ treatment. Research and testing are required to develop an appropriate design of the system that will enhance pollutant load reduction to restore rainfall runoff quality to the pre-development conditions. Urban stormwater performance monitoring of an in-situ filtration treatment system will be conducted for monitoring and analysis of rainfall-runoff from the UF Reitz Union Surface Parking Facility that encompasses asphalt-paved parking areas separated by raised vegetated islands. The project will carry out performance monitoring for at least 20 rainfall-runoff events and evaluate the efficiency of the treatment system to remove pollutant loads associated with urban rainfall runoff. The Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida will perform the project tasks including set-up, monitoring, data analysis, and reporting of the treatment device. My responsibilities in this research are assisting with stormwater sample collection, laboratory data analysis, physical modeling and data analysis, and laboratory and field data compilation. Samples will be analyzed in accordance with standard method protocols. Analysis will include nitrogen to phosphorus fraction, total suspended solid, inorganic to organic fraction, volatile particulate matter, total metals, organic indices, water chemistry indices, and particle size distribution.