I am studying fluvial geomorphology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO and loving it! I am learning so much about how river systems and watersheds function, and I get to be out in the field studying mountain rivers. My Master's thesis will focus on the role of large wood and how it can be used in river restoration efforts on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. My time as an EBS student at UC Davis reinforced my love for the natural world, and I am always going back to things I learned while in the program. Biological Systems Engineering has been a great foundation for what I am doing now.
I am a 2013 UCD EBS alumna working as a Lead Automation Engineer at Banks Integration Group. At Banks, we help our pharma & biotech customers automate their manufacturing processes. (Think of the show "How It's Made.") This involves programming, electrical design, documentation, and hands-on startups where we implement our solutions, as well as project management. EBS prepared me with a foundational understanding of the processes that are critical to making life-saving drugs and challenged me to become a better thinker, problem-solver, and communicator. I love the close-knit connections that the EBS program fosters among its students and its faculty. Many of these strong relationships continue to benefit me personally and professionally years later. Knowing that the work I do is saving lives is great source of motivation for me. Working closely with people is also something that inspires me. I love to hear people's stories, collaborate with them, learn from them, and help them grow too. The teamwork needed in the EBS program served as a great outlet for me.
Cassy works as an automation engineer at Banks Integration Group helping pharmaceutical and Biotech companies automate their manufacturing processes.
Kara is continuing the pursuit of her passion as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, San Diego