April 2018 - Page 8

Sarah Jakositz ASCE NEW FACES OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Hello future colleagues and friends and fellow members of ASCE! I’m Sarah Jakositz and I am thrilled to introduce myself as a UNH Class of 2018 (almost) B.S. graduate of the Environmental Engineering program as well as this year’s Top Honoree of the ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering College Edition. Since my freshman year here at UNH, I have contributed to three research efforts within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. I have explored a range of topics from a life cycle assessment of New Hampshire’s timber industry to the future of dams in New England. My sophomore year I branched into the College of Health and Human Services and worked with a Health Management and Policy professor to report on climate change (photo taken by Jeremy Gasowski, UNH adaptation planning in Exeter, NH at the American Public Health Communications and Public Affairs) Association’s 2015 Annual Conference. Currently, I am working with UNH Assistant Professor Weiwei Mo on developing a crowdsourcing methodology to engage citizens in water quality monitoring at the consumer tap. I will be continuing to work with Dr. Mo on this project for my Master’s thesis which I plan to complete in May 2020. In addition to research, I have spent my time at UNH getting involved with student organizations. After spending the spring semester of my sophomore year abroad at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, I became a Global Ambassador and interact with students who are considering or who have plans to study abroad. Before leaving for New Zealand, I joined the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Science’s STEMbassadors, a program that was brand new at the time. STEMbassadors has taken me across the state of New Hampshire and back several times to work with elementary, middle, and high school students on engaging classroom STEM activities. Most recently, I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to represent the STEMbassadors program at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association conference. I have also served as the president of UNH’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, for the past year. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, I love being outside and exploring all that New England has to offer. I grew up on the coast of New Jersey and have been stand-up paddleboarding for the past six or so years. I spent my first New England summer on Appledore Island last year as a sustainable engineering intern with Shoals Marine Lab, and I’m looking forward to spending this summer on land working with Dr. Mo on my Master’s research.