People

Graduate Students

Naomi Adams, M.S../Ph.D. Student

My name is Naomi and I am a 1st year PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research involves investigating cumulative lead exposure in children living in Los Angeles. I am passionate about environmental justice, and I hope my research will impact the lives of our most vulnerable communities in a beneficial way. In my free time, I enjoy nature walks, reading sci-fi novels, and playing with my kitty. A little known fact about me is that I am also a professional DJ taking a hiatus to pursue my research.

Ileana Callejas, Ph.D. Candidate

Ileana Callejas is an incoming PhD student studying Environmental Engineering. She received her BS in Environmental Science and MS in Civil Engineering at UCLA. She is interested in the intersection between environmental engineering, environmental microbiology, and public health. She has previously worked on projects quantifying antibiotic resistance genes in commercial fertilizers in Southern California. She has also worked on a project involving microbial characterization in heated-soil plots in Northern California. She hopes to work on the fate and transport of pollutants in water and soil surrounding environmental justice issues for her PhD research. She also hopes to become active in teaching courses in sustainability and science education. Ileana is a first-generation student born and raised in Los Angeles, CA

Marisol Cira Hernandez, Ph.D. Candidate

Wayne Hung, Ph.D. Candidate

Megyn Rugh, Ph.D. Candidate

Victoria Whitener, Ph.D. Candidate