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William Valdez giving a presentation to the ESES Advisory Board.

William Valdez giving a presentation to the ESES Advisory Board.

William Valdez is an adjunct Lecturer at the New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Architecture, B Arch from The City College of New York, Bronx New York. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Sustainability and pursuing Architectural Registrations. Among William’s academic accomplishments are: his desire and academic commitment to maintain a high GPA to prove to himself and others that with hard work and commitment anybody can accomplish anything, graduating with honors Summa Cum, as an adjunct instructor at the City College of Technology, teaching architectural students about the field of architecture by sharing his knowledge, construction techniques, his own life’s valuable lessons, and teaching them how to be focused and achieve excellence, and over the years assuming increasing levels of responsibility in all phases of construction planning, schematic design and construction administration in the field of architecture.

Gregory Aponte and Miguel Lopez

Gregory Aponte and Miguel Lopez

Gregory Aponte received Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the Engineering department of University or Puerto Rico in 2012. Currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Sustainability from the City College of New York. The main objective of his research is mapping terrestrial ecosystem through remote sensing. The study involves the use of satellite data sets (palsar, alos, jers, etc.) GIS/ENVI/IDL eCognition and the random forests Algorithms. The study is focused on wetland and marsh systems. Work trajectory includes gulf coast and southeast coast. The results might show the variation in land area and diminish of wetlands through development of infrastructure. He aspires to pursue a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering and/or a career that implements my civil engineering knowledge with environmental mitigation initiatives. Future plans include PE certification, securing career in relevant fields, and numerous contributions to existing infrastructure. Gregory is versed in AutoCAD; Civil3D; SketchUp; Mathematica CAS; MATLAB; Revit BIM; Rhino 3D; MS Office; Adobe CS4 (Ps, Ai); Mac OS/Windows; Cloud Comp; GIS; ENVI.

Miguel Lopez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Miguel began to explore and study the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines at the Instituto Tecnico Salesiano (ITESA) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Upon my high school graduation,  he migrated to the United States of America where he realized that my lack of English knowledge was going to prevent him from getting an education, motivating him to enroll in a one year English intensive program at Bronx Community College (BCC). Where he graduated with an A.S. in Computer Science. During my time at BCC, he engaged at three consecutive summer internships at Brookhaven National Lab working with the Environmental Science Department. After graduating from BCC, he completed a B.E. in Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University (SBU). At SBU, he performed research on Embedded System Design, and studied the physical and chemical properties of aerosol particles from biomass burning plumes and their interaction with the atmosphere. He’s currently pursuing a Ph.D. at CCNY where he works in the design and implementation of a scanning-mobile LIDAR system. Upon graduating from CCNY, he would like to inquire into academia as a professor. At this point in my career, he has realized that his intellectual upbringing and the exposure to research has developed in me a passion of giving back to his community, especially those students whose story is similar to mine, but do not have easy access to role models to guide them.

Equisha Glenn is all smiles for the occassion

Equisha Glenn is all smiles for the occassion

Equisha Glenn was born and raised in NYC, and a recent second degree graduate. She obtains a B.E. in Earth and Atmospheric Science and Environmental Engineering (The City College of New York) and a B.S. in Biology (York College). Since Fall of 2012 she has been a graduate student in the CCNY Sustainability in the Urban Environment M.S. program. Her current and on-going research involves the study of climate trends in the Caribbean and surrounding regions. She is interested in water resources and climate studies and my recent work regarding the study of Lake Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic led to my interest in the Caribbean region and the development of my research topic. She hopes to learn more about the impact of climate on sensitive ecosystems and how that affects natural resources, such as water. In the future she hopes to work on similar projects as an environmental engineer.

Michelle Diaz graduated on May 2012 from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a certification in Environmental Engineering. She is now pursing the Master degree in Sustainability in Urban Environment with concentration in Engineering. Working as a graduate researcher with Professor Kyle McDonald in the biogeochemistry analysis of wetlands dynamics.

Luis Ortiz presenting his project in the Summer CREST Symposium of 2012

Luis Ortiz presenting his project in the Summer CREST Symposium of 2012

Luis Ortiz was born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, Luis completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Early interests included robotics and capacitive sensors. Starting his Master’s degree that same year, his research focused on the development of a wireless sensor network geared towards monitoring of manufacturing equipment. During this time, he also taught the Manufacturing Processes Laboratory. Having from an early age been interested in the environment and earth science, he decided to switch gears for his PhD research and now works in climate modelling, currently working on a dynamical downscaling project for the Northeast U.S. region.

 

David Melecio-Vazquez is a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student at the City College of New York. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute in December 2011 with a Dual Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. His current research is focused on evaluating the vulnerability of coastal communities and their threat to extreme weather events. Using a community in Staten Island affected by Superstorm Sandy as a case-study, he looks into forming a methodology for a vulnerability index to quantitatively assess the risk of damage to a building with respect to their distance in-land and topography.