Posted on July 26, 2021
NOAA EPP/MSI Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing graduate scholar, Karla Lopez will be joining the WSB in August 2021 as a Graduate Engineer in the Water Resource Group. She also continues her National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission-driven master’s research titled, ‘Environmental Justice Issues and Sea Level Rise in Frontline Communities Along the Gulf Coast.’ She is conducting the research under faculty advisor, Dr. Ivonne Santiago, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), NOAA Experiential Research & Training Opportunities (NERTO) mentors, Dr. Chris Ellis, and Brenna Sweetman, Social Scientists with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and NOAA CESSRST mentor, Dr. Valerie Were, Social Science Lead.
WSB is a design and consulting firm that specializes in engineering, community planning, environmental, and construction services. At the firm, Karla will be in charge of designing bioretention ponds for stormwater management, performing wetland delineations, and developing and performing environmental compliance plans. Commenting on the achievement, Karla said, “I am happy and excited to begin this new chapter of my life. I’ve seen many people struggle to find a job right after graduating, especially in the ongoing pandemic and uncertain times. I feel very proud and relieved to have found a job that is aligned with my NOAA mission experiential training in the field of environmental engineering.”
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