Ecological Engineering in the Tropics

Costa Rica – MSU / UCR – December 27, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Participants

MSU Students

Dana A.

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Dana is a graduating senior studying Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. She is currently the vice president of the MSU Chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. She has experience in the pharmaceutical industry and in various community outreach projects.  She plans to continue next year working as an engineer at a biopharmaceutical company.

When she is not busy studying, she enjoys traveling and writing. Dana hopes to gain a better understanding of different cultures. She believes that in order to become a better engineer, one must be willing to think outside of the box and try something different.


Erica A.

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Erica is a fifth year graduating senior studying Chemical Engineering. Currently, Erica serves as the Communications Director for the Society of Women Engineers and enjoys planning events for members. She has manufacturing, petroleum refining, and natural gas/utilities experience. She is hoping to further her education in renewable energy and apply that to her full time engineering career with Consumers Energy next June.

Erica’s favorite pastimes include playing her saxophone, reading fiction novels, and spending time with family and friends.

 


Alexis B.

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Alexis is a junior studying Biosystems Engineering at Michigan State University. She is working to get a degree with a concentration in Ecosystems Engineering. She also has an interest in bioenergy. She is a member of the Society of Women in Engineering as well. After graduating she hopes to work with a company in the field of ecosystems or bioenergy.

In her spare time, Alexis enjoys traveling, reading, and expressing her creative side.

 

 

 

 


John E.

John is a Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering junior. He decided to come to Michigan State after working on a farm. Seeing some of the farmers convert machines that ran on power from gasoline engines to electric, made him want to learn more about farm equipment, electricity, and other aspects of engineering.  John hopes that as he becomes more experienced and educated, he will be able to render more service to the community that he will settle in, whether urban or rural, developed or not. He sees being educated in energy and water use, conservation, and production as important in serving communities.  Now, John spends much of his time volunteering with neighborhood children's classes and groups of friends hoping to build their capacity to serve in the neighborhoods they live. Another area John hopes to learn more about is recycling.

John is a Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering junior. He decided to come to Michigan State after working on a farm. Seeing some of the farmers convert machines that ran on power from gasoline engines to electric made him want to learn more about farm equipment, electricity, and other aspects of engineering.

John hopes that as he becomes more experienced and educated, he will be able to render more service to the community that he will settle in, whether urban or rural, developed or not. He sees being educated in energy and water use, conservation, and production as important in serving communities.

Now, John spends much of his time volunteering with neighborhood children’s classes and groups of friends hoping to build their capacity to serve in the neighborhoods they live. Another area John hopes to learn more about is recycling.

 


Nate M. (Jabron13)

Natenateee is a sophomore studying Biosystems Engineering at Michigan State University. He is working to achieve a degree in food concentration, specifically research and development in the field of proteins. He is a member in the Biosystems Engineering Student Club as well as a member in the MSU Food Science Club. After graduating he hopes to be traveling frequently while helping make a healthy impact on citizens around the world.

When he is not studying and being a great student, he is staying fit, skiing, surfing, and always having a great time.

 

 


Aubrey P

AubreyAubrey is a senior in Biosystems Engineering, with a concentration in ecosystems, at Michigan State University. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant at the MSU Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (ADREC) under Dr. Dana Kirk, researching  the development of sustainable waste-to-resource solutions.

When Aubrey is not working or studying, she invests her free time in Phi Sigma Rho, the engineering sorority at MSU, as well as volunteers as a Young Life leader for special needs students in Mason, MI.

 

 

 

 


Tiffany S.

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Tiffany is a junior Chemical Engineering major at Michigan State University. She is also pursuing an environmental concentration with her degree. She has had two internship experiences in the petroleum industry and hopes to broaden her work experience in a new field this summer. When Tiffany isn’t working on school work she loves to invest her time into Phi Sigma Rho, the engineering sorority on campus. She is currently the Vice President and enjoys having a large leadership role within the organization.

While not at school she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling.

 


 

Jackie T.

Jackie T. Professional PhotoJackie is a junior Biosystems Engineering student at Michigan State University.  She works in a research laboratory on campus studying primarily phosphorus removal from waste water using iron oxide nano-media.  Recently, she has started a project analyzing methods of treating saline waste water from pickling facilities.  In addition to school and work, Jackie has elected positions in two student organizations:  she is the Fundraising Chair for the Society of Women Engineers, and the Student Engineering Council Representative for Biosystems Engineering Club.

 

Crepuscular rays through a tree

The rays of light are actually near parallel, but only seem to converge due to perspective effect. How cool is that!?

 

 

 

In her limited free time, Jackie enjoys video games and learning about scientific principles behind natural phenomena (crepuscular rays, anyone?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Charlotte T.

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Charlotte is a junior in Biosystems Engineering at Michigan State University. Currently, she is a lab manager and undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Steve Safferman researching wastewater treatment and phosphorous reclamation.

After graduation, she plans to pursue a career treating wastewater in rural communities abroad. If Charlotte isn’t busy studying or doing research you will find her traveling, hanging out with friends, swimming, or hiking.

 

 

 


Lisa V.

pics Lisa is a Senior in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State  University. She also has a minor in Environmental and Sustainability  Studies. Currently, she is beginning a new job at a company  developing particle accelerators, and is also interning at a non-profit  organization dedicated to improving the environment and local  sustainability.

Aside from school and work, Lisa enjoys spending most of her free  time playing for the MSU women’s soccer team, along with traveling,  longboarding, and doing anything outdoors.

 

 


UCR Students

Hugo G.


Carlos Víquez Zamora

10858463_419076644909568_4797765058048683045_nCarlos is a sophomore studying agronomy at Universidad de Costa Rica. Right now, he is assistent at the Fabio Baudrit Experimental Station developing a digital system that gathers Good Agricutural Practices data of the station. He is interested in crop protection, organic agriculture and  systems modeling for agriculture.

Besides his studies he is also very dedicated to his community. Currently he is President of the Young Person Committee (CCPJ for its initials in spanish) in his canton.

While not at school or meetings he enjoys helping in ecologycal related projects in his community, working with local farmers, playing video games, watching anime and spending time with his friends and family.

 


Juan P.

2014-12-25 14.49.57Juan Pablo is Senior in Agricultural Engineering and right now is doing his Bachellor Tesis “Parameters for methane fermentation of the  Coffe´s Residues”, finding how is best way using a mix different wastes according the mass balance using AD. He´s form San Carlos (North of C.R.). He worked in UCR- MSU project  “Improving Access to Clean Energy in Rural Central America”.  He is very interest in Bioprocess Engineering

He likes to play fútbol (Soccer), cook, read and play video games (Fifa 15).  He also is a volunteer of TECHO, a non-profit Latin american organization how build´s emergency houses in communities in extreme poverty.

 


Maricruz V.

 


Instructors

Dr. Dawn Reinhold

Dr. Dawn Reinhold  Dr. Dawn Reinhold is an Associate Professor at Michigan State  University in the department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Her research and teaching focuses on engineering plant-based ecosystems for water quality.  Dawn earned a BS degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University and her MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

In her spare time, Dawn enjoys amateur photography and a avid volunteer for Michigan Parks in Focus.

 

 

 


Dr. Luke Reese

Luke Reese Dr. Luke Reese is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.   He is serves as the department’s industry liaison and placement coordinator and support Extension in distance learning training.   He co-instructs the Senior Design Capstone course and co-coordinates this study abroad along with Food, Environment and Social Systems in Australia and Renewable Bioenergy Systems in Germany and Sweden.    Luke earns a BS degree in Technological Biological Engineering from North Carolina State University, a Masters in Agriculture from Clemson University and a PhD in Agricultural Engineering Technology from Michigan State University.

In his spare time, Luke enjoys golf, tennis, bicycling and even zip-lining in Costa Rica.

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