Recent Graduates Directory

Aparajita Banerjee

Aparajita Banerjee

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MA, Economics, Jadavpur University

Research Interests

  • I have two interrelated research foci for my doctoral dissertation. The first one relates to understanding the socio-ecological impacts of biofuels, primarily on local communities where biofuel production systems are embedded.
  • The other research focus is to understand how local, regional, and national level biofuel policies are in sync with community values and perceptions of the members, and figuring out who the main actors and institutions behind these policies are.
  • I spend most of my spare time in reading newspapers, travelling, and watching classic, experimental, and rare movies around the world.
Adrian Blake

Adrian Blake

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Educaton

  • B.A. (Hon.), North American Archaeology, Wilfred Laurier Univ. (2013)

Research Interests

  • Built and standing heritage
  • Heritage planning and recording
  • Adaptive reuse and cultural resource management
  • Metallurgy and blacksmithing
  • Development of building and construction materials (i.e. lime mortar and concrete)
Chris Henderson

Chris Henderson

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • • BS, Resource Conservation and Ecology, University of Montana

Research Interests

  • I am interested in the human dimensions of wildlife management, and for my Master’s thesis I am studying how the changing demographics of hunters and anglers can impact state agencies’ capacity for effective management, conservation, and habitat restoration efforts.
  • My undergraduate research focused on the ecology of invasive species in the western US.
  • My future goals are to integrate my interdisciplinary background and find ways to work at the confluence of social and natural sciences. I believe effective scientific communication and ecological literacy are more important than ever if we hope to address current environmental challenges.
Naima Khan

Naima Khan

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy
Amanda Kreuze

Amanda Kreuze

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS in Environmental Studies
  • BS in Geography

Research Interests

  • I am interested in the privatization of water and how that relates to water rights. I am especially interested in these issues in developing countries.
Eric Pomber

Eric Pomber

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Education

  • M.S., Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University (2016)
  • B.S, Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University (2013)

Thesis Topic

  • Comparative Study of Artifact Assemblages From Fort Wilkins

Research Interests

  • My main area of interest is the conservation of ferrous artifacts through both traditional and experimental methods.
  • I am also interested in wooden boat building and the conservation of historic wooden boats.
Mizanur Rahman

Mizanur Rahman

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MS, Development Studies, University of Dhaka
  • MS, Chemical Technology, University of Dhaka
  • BS, Applied Chemistry, University of Dhaka

Research Interests

  • I started my career with a financial institution in Bangladesh and also worked with a nonprofit organization as a project coordinator for an education project.
  • Currently, I am pursuing my PhD with a primary interest in investigating the potentials of renewable energy for alleviating poverty.
Emma Schwaiger

Emma Schwaiger

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Education

  • BA, History, Michigan Tech

Research Interests

  • I was introduced to the Industrial Archaeology program as an undergraduate student and knew this is what I wanted to do. My interest areas include mine wastes, the impact of industry on the landscape, and how landscapes transformed with technological change.
  • My current research is focused on Torch Lake, specifically, mapping out changes in the industrial shoreline to pin-point possible PCB pollution sites.
Ronesha Strozier

Ronesha Strozier

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Environmental & Natural Resources, Clemson University
  • -- natural resource & economic policy (concentration)
  • -- environmental science & policy (minor)

Research Interests

  • I am interested in how people interact with their environments. Specifically I want to study human behavior as it relates to their environmental choices. Currently I am studying regulatory teeth as it relates to environmental federalism. I find this topic very interesting because so far it has allowed me to study environmental law from a different perspective that will provide information on how to improve environmental policy in the future.
Fred Sutherland

Fred Sutherland

  • PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • MA, Anthropology (concentration in historical archaeology), University of Massachusetts–Boston
  • BA, Archaeology, Boston University

Research Interests

  • I have been an archaeologist since 2002, studying industrial sites and communities since 2006. I came to Michigan Tech for my doctorate in 2009. Understanding how people negotiated the changes brought by industrialization is what inspires me.
  • Currently, I am researching the development of the Cuyuna Iron Mining Range in Central Minnesota for my dissertation and am focusing on how the region’s innovations and unusual features made significant national and global contributions in the 20th century.
  • Previous projects include the Quincy Smelter in Ripley, Mich. and the Copake Iron Works in Copake, N.Y.
Ashma Vaidya

Ashma Vaidya

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MSc, Earth and Environmental Science
  • BSc, Environmental Science

Research Interests

  • I am interested in learning ways to develop policy designs for promoting and developing sustainable and renewable energy options.
  • I believe in sustainable development, and believe that unless we opt for sustainable development, development without extreme environmental degradation and natural resource depletion are not possible.