Let’s hear from Emily Carambelas this week!
“The project I’m assigned to received funding in August so much of my time is dedicated to setting up five water quality monitoring sites. I spent the summer identifying the sites, making contact with the property owners, and gaining access since we don’t want to spend grant money on bail. Now, I’m in the process of designing the monitoring systems with the help of Weston Solutions, a VUSP partner, and ordering the equipment. After all the paperwork and phone calls I’ve completed, it was really exciting to receive my first package in the mail last week—a handheld flow meter that measure a stream’s velocity. If it rains tomorrow like it’s forecasted to, I’m definitely breaking it out for a test run!
I also recently took over as the Twitter coordinator for VUSP. I’m fairly new to environmental engineering so it’s been a great way to learn about companies and programs with similar initiatives as ours, as well as current trends in the field. On the flip side, I am enjoying the opportunity to share the work we do at VUSP, although it can be a challenge to accomplish it in only 140 characters. Be sure to check out our Twitter feed!”
Emily Carambelas joined VUSP in July 2016, after working for several years in museums and archives. She will graduate in May 2018 with a master’s in environmental engineering. She is working with the Delaware River Watershed Initiative funded by the William Penn Foundation; her advisor is Dr. Andrea Welker.