I have always had a passion for exploring the natural world, and as a child, I could often be found chasing animals, fishing, or building dams and bridges across the small creeks throughout northern Nevada. As an adult, I pretty much do the same thing with my family. It is therefore not surprising that I pursued a career in science and engineering. For me, research is so interesting because there are always so many small challenges to overcome. I especially like pursuing logistically challenging problems because the rewards can be great with a little out-of-the-box thinking. I am a Quechan tribal member and am proud of my Native American heritage. I encourage all Native Americans and other minorities to reach out and contact me if you have any questions about my lab, research, or your own academic interest.
Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering
116 Gilmore Hall, Corvallis, OR, USA 97331
Emmanuel Dávila-Santiago, MS Student (anticipated graduation: 2019)
I am a Puerto Rican student enthusiastic about anything environmental and ecological. My background is in Coastal Marine Biology, having a done my undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. I am interested in the chemical and biological aspects of ecological problems and learning how to resolve them with an engineering point of view. My hobbies range from listening to music, to exercising, going on walks and just simply talking. I chose the Biological and Ecological Engineering program at Oregon State University because of its diverse offerings and flexibility in research topics.
Gouri Mahadwar, MS Student (anticipated graduation: 2019)
Gouri is an MS student in Water Resources Engineering. She is interested in the presence and removal of emerging contaminants in surface water, wastewater, and groundwater.
Logan Insinga, BS Student (anticipated graduation: 2019)
During my childhood, when I was not playing soccer or being told to do my homework, I spent my time outdoors collecting bugs, building forts, and wandering around Oregon. As my education progressed and my awareness of anthropogenic influences on natural systems increased, I began to understand the importance of environmental conservation. My decision to pursue a degree in Ecological Engineering was motivated by my appreciation of the natural world, and the desire to promote a sustainability-based approach within the engineering discipline. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, reading, and practicing Spanish. Throughout the remainder of my undergraduate degree, and my career as a whole, I look forward to developing my technical skillset and expanding my understanding of natural processes.
Bridgette Medeghini, BS Student (anticipated graduation: 2019)
I am an undergraduate student in ecological engineering, interested in water resources and water treatment. After my undergraduate degree, I plan to move back to the San Francisco Bay Area to create water resources designs that benefit both the environment and the people. When I’m not working on school or research, I enjoy photography, traveling and trying new foods.