Ph.D. Student, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University
M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, 2021
B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2019
Lauren is a first-year PhD student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Elimelech group, interested in ensuring water security for growing populations, and currently working on elucidating ion-selective membrane processes. A born and raised Nevadan, Lauren attributes her early passion for water treatment to recreating near the beautiful Lake Tahoe basin, appreciating the clarity of the lake and the natural filtration from the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains.
During her B.S. in Environmental Engineering at UNR, Lauren began undergraduate research under the guidance of Dr. Krishna Pagilla, where she worked on improving coagulation and flocculation processes at a local wastewater treatment plant. This experience catalyzed her interest in the impact of public utilities on community growth and development. Shortly after continuing on to a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with Dr. Pagilla, the COVID-19 pandemic began, leading Lauren to be part of a large-scale wastewater-based epidemiology study which monitored SARS-CoV-2 viral concentrations and disease prevalence in Reno. These experiences solidified her desire to connect innovative research with timely, real-world applications.
After her years at UNR as a member and president of the Student Association of International Water Issues, Lauren also hopes to continue focusing on improving water and sanitation systems in developing areas through the Engineers Without Borders chapter at Yale. In her spare time, you can find Lauren trail running around New England, baking cakes, and searching for new board games to play with friends.