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Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering awards 113 degrees

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Graduates gathered with families, friends and alumni last week to celebrate their new degrees during MIT’s Hooding Ceremony (June 7) and 141st Commencement Exercises (June 8). MIT President Emeritus Charles M. Vest gave the Commencement address.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering awarded 113 degrees: 12 doctorates; 17 Master of Science degrees; 21 Master of Science in Transportation; 31 Master of Engineering; and 32 Bachelor of Science degrees (11 in environmental engineering, 16 in civil engineering and five undesignated).

Debbie Levey, CEE newsletter editor, talked with many of these graduates at the department celebration on the Stata Center lawn following Commencement, and by email. She reports the following plans for the new grads.

Bachelors of Science

Muneera Abdur-Rahim—Will teach middle school. “High school’s too late, and I want to get there when the minds are still fertile,” she said.

Mary Harding

—Entering the M.Eng. program at MIT.
Tasneem Hussam—Will travel to Bangladesh this summer, then begin work with the water services group in CDM’s Falls Church, Virginia office.

Antone Jain

—Staying at MIT for a master’s degree.

Holly Johnson

—Will work in France this summer for Veolia Water Systems, before beginning graduate studies in environmental engineering at Stanford University.

David Lallemant

—Working as a structural engineer for Buro Happold in New York.

Sueann Lee

—Will join the environmental fluid mechanics graduate program at Stanford in the fall.

Euripides Loukaides

—Attending graduate school at Columbia University.

Andrew Lukmann

—Staying at MIT for a master’s degree in transportation and the Technology Policy Program. Lukmann, who was chairman and president of Simmons Hall and president of the Undergraduate Association, said he might be interested in spending some time in government to make a difference.

Lizzie Lundgren

—Will stay at Parson’s Laboratory for a master’s degree in hydrology and climate change. Lundgren is recipient of the Linden Earth System Initiative Fellowship.

Aaron Sarfati

—Will work in San Antonio this summer, then begin a masters program in project management at the University of Texas at Austin. Sarfati became a father recently and managed the last few months of his senior year smoothly, thanks to his wife and a very well-behaved baby Rachel, he said.

Lindsey Sheehan

—Has a two-year commitment to teach high school physics, chemistry and algebra in New Orleans as part of Teach for America. After that, she will enter the masters program in environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology at Stanford University.

Amos P. K. Tai

—Will pursue a Ph.D. at Harvard University in environmental sciences and engineering, with focus on environmental and atmospheric chemistry. Tai received the James Mills Peirce Fellowship from Harvard for his study.

Katherine Vater

—Staying at MIT to earn the M.Eng. in water quality.

Masters and Masters of Engineering

Keith Bouchard—Will work on structural engineering problems for CBI Consulting Co. in South Boston.

Keith Coleman

—Attend the Harvard Graduate School of Design to study advanced materials and systems as they relate to the building and manufacturing industry.

Daria Cresti

—Working on water and urban planning at Colcaud Colantonio, an environmental engineering consulting firm.

Andres de Antonio

—Will work on bridges and structural engineering projects at ARUP in New York.

William Detlefsen

—Returning to work for AMEC Earth & Environmental in Westford, Mass.

Hervé Favennec

—Working in London at Sisas Consulting Co.

Sara Friedman

—Will be working at the Book of Odds, a start-up company in Boston.

Sean Homem

—Will join Simpson Gumpertz and Heger.

Sophie Johnson

—Before staring work as an engineer at Malcolm Pirnie in Washington, D.C., Johnson and her fiancé will travel to Ecuador.

Raymond Hoi-kit Kwok

—Will move to Seattle to work as a structural design engineer for KPFF Consulting Engineers.

Simon Laflamme

—Will start a Ph.D. program at MIT.

John Leonard

—Work for Thornton Tomasetti in New York, after a trip home to Indonesia.

Samar Malek

—Has passed her qualifiers and will stay at MIT for a Ph.D.

Ken Merriam

—Become a consultant for the supply chain group at Accenture in Reston, Virginia.

Alfred Navato

—Working at Tetratech Rizzo in Framingham, Mass.

Chris Pangilinan

—Will work in the San Francisco Bay area on transportation with DKS Associates.

Vaibhav Rathi

—Going to Italy, India and California, then starting at Choice Stream in Cambridge, to work in demand modeling for e-tail.

Doctoral Degrees

Brinda Balakrishnan—Is in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Division and will now complete her M.D. studies at Harvard.

Yile Li

—Has already been working for Shell on deep water R&D in Houston for 11 months. He reports that his MIT degree is opening doors for him with oil companies.

Peter Oates

—Joining a Manhattan consulting firm, QEA, that deals with water issues.

Anamika Prasad

—Will spend more time with her two-year-old daughter, Trisha, while looking for a postdoctoral position in California, where she, husband Dhiraj and Trisha will live.

Sugata Sen

—Join Oliver Wyman, a strategic consulting company for financial services in New York.

Aw Eng Sew

—Will graduate this summer with a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering, then head to the San Francisco Bay area for a job with Exponent.

I-Tsung Tsai

—Will first do postdoctoral research at MIT to expand his thesis on public private partnership financing, then will look for an academic position.