Uma Bhandaram M.E.Sc. ‘15 is exploring the dynamics of urbanization and water resource management. Bhandaram, who hails from a water-rationed town in India, is working on a series of storm water management projects in the southern Connecticut, including potential green infrastructure projects in New Haven, a proposed 5.5-acre wetland — or “Yale Swale” — on campus, and a coastal adaptation plan for the city of Bridgeport, Conn.
Yaping Cheng M.E.M. ‘15 is studying the potential to use industrial ecology to achieve sustainable development in China. Next year she plans to focus her YSE research on the business and financial aspects of this development in order to better understand the balance between environmental protection and economic development. She plans to work as a sustainability consultant in China during what she describes as a critical period of urban growth.
Sangay Dorji M.E.M. ‘15 has spent nearly a decade working to improve agricultural sustainability in Bhutan. Working with the Department of Agriculture, Dorji has worked to increase farmer access to quality seeds and seedlings, constructed irrigation channels, and helped coordinate farmers’ groups. After graduating from YSE, Dorji plans to return to Bhutan to continue working with the Department of Agriculture and to initiate a project on climate change and agricultural adaptations.
Heri Hermawan M.F.S. ‘15 is exploring the human dimensions of forestry, particularly agroforestry in the tropics. Hermawan, who has worked for the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and a local government for 13 years, plans to spend this summer researching the social and psychological determinants of agroforestry adoption in Indonesia. Ultimately he hopes to earn a Ph.D. degree.
Tianjun Hou M.E.M. ‘15 is studying the environmental impacts of infrastructure projects in Africa, with the goal of mitigating those effects during future projects. As a student, Tianjun helped organize a YSE forum on the corporate and social responsibility of Chinese transnational enterprises. This summer she will research how stakeholders have managed the environmental risks of the hydropower projects in Zambia. Meanwhile, she is also interested in the urban transportation system. As a side project in summer, she is studying the operation of the minibus system in Lusaka, Zambia.
Jie Pan M.E.M. '15 hopes to tackle pollution in China through work in the public sector. After spending four years working on pollution prevention and control policies for the Chinese government, she enrolled at YSE to bolster her understanding of the science behind major policy decisions and quantitative skills. Upon returning to China, she is interested in returning to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and advocating for more incentive-based regulations and improved transparency and accountability.